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Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Gardenby Jo Ann Gardner
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Silver plants bring a luminous beauty to the landscape. Their distinctive colors, textures, and silhouettes enrich garden design; their ability to withstand extremes of heat, cold, drought, wind, and, for variegated silvers, shade makes them indispensable for gardeners. The geographic range of silver plants is broader than many assume. Silver conifers evoke snowy, colder regions and thrive in the most frigid sites. Even in four-season climates where they are frost tender, stunning agaves, yuccas, and echeverias can be grown outdoors in containers, then wintered over indoors, while other silvers, including tropicals like the downy-leaved Plectranthus argentatus, can be treated as annuals. In this comprehensive and inspirational compendium, silver aficionados Jo Ann Gardner and Karen Bussolini have selected and vividly illustrated the best candidates for a broad range of growing and design needs. Whether you decide to add a dash of quicksilver or the soothing perfume of an ancient herb, this in-depth guide to plants of uncommon beauty and versatility is certain to change the way you see and plant your garden.
Book News Annotation:
Gardeners will find a wealth of information in this guide to silver plants, shrubs, and trees of all kinds. An A-to-Z encyclopedia lists the plants by their Latin name, giving the common name, family, description, origin, site and soil, height and width, and hardiness, and providing a full discussion of the plant, and details on its cultivation. The varieties of each are described in the entry. Not all are depicted with a photo. The encyclopedia is preceded by three chapters that detail the history of using silvers in gardens, a method for sorting them when planning a garden, and designing a wide variety of gardens using silvers, in all climates. The volume is well illustrated with color photos.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this comprehensive and inspirational compendium, silver aficionados Jo Ann Gardner and Karen Bussolini have selected and vividly illustrated the best silver plants for a broad range of growing and design needs. Whether you decide to add a dash of quicksilver or the soothing perfume of an ancient herb, this in-depth guide to plants of uncommon beauty and versatility is certain to change the way you see and plant your garden.
About the Author
Jo Ann has written for numerous publications including Horticulture, Country Journal, Old House Journal, Garden Magazine, and Herb Quarterly. She is also a member of the Garden Writers Association. Jo Ann Gardner currently resides in the foothills of the Adirondacks in New York's lush Champlain Valley where she and her husband, Jigs, are reestablishing a small farm and garden. They are involved in volunteer work for the local nursing home, where they are developing extensive gardens.
Karen Bussolini is an active member of the Garden Writers Association, where she has given presentations like "The Unsung Season: Gardens in Winter" and "Learning from our Mistakes," which is a primer on garden photography. Karen frequently contributes articles and photographs to Garden Design, where they most recently published her stunning and masterful "Movin' Out," a story about Jennifer Myers's garden in Austinm Texas.
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