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1) Any book about gardening, gardens, or has a garden influence in it is fine, except:
2) No links/reviews about growing substances that are illegal in the United States.
Simple! Oh, and please be sure to read the other participant's reviews, too!
This month, I'm excited to review:
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques
by Tracy DiSabato-Aust
If you grow perennials, this book should be on your bookshelf!
The first of the book has some advice about design, bed preparation, etc. It's basic information, and if you don't know these things, it's well worth reading. But I have a lot of books on this material, so that's not what impressed me.
In the second section, the author explains the differences between deadheading and cutting back, pinching and pruning, etc. Again, this is basic information that most gardeners probably already know.
So, if I think these parts of the book are mediocre, why am I so excited to review it? For the third section! The third section is worth its weight in gold. Because the third section lists perennials by necessary tasks, specific requirements, and situational recommendations. Here's just a sample of her lists:
1. Perennials that tolerate wet soil
3. Clay busters
8. Deer resistant perennials
15. Perennials that do not rebloom with deadheading
16. Perennials to deadhead to improve the overall appearance of the plant
21. Perennials with self-cleaning flowers
28. Summer and autumn flowering perennials to cut back before flowering for height control
If you're like me, and know only the basics about perennials, but may not be sure exactly which ones to trim back when, you'll love this book!
|I add a lot of perennials to my rose garden.
I need a book that quickly and easily tells me how to take care of them.
We live in the computer age, where you can find almost any information about plants that you desire with just a few strokes. But I think it would take you hours upon hours to put together these lists if you were to try to research them all. Having them all in one book is, in my opinion, a must-have.
Now it's your turn! I can't wait to read your review!