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Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition

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Publisher Comments:

Revised and updated, this all-in-one guide designed for northern-tier gardeners from coast to coast features:

• more than 2,000 varieties proven to thrive in cold climates• five-star ratings to help you choose top-performing perennials

• new selections of varieties with variegated or brightly colored foliage

• new mail-order sources for hard-to-find varieties of each plant

If you are a gardener and winter temperatures in your region can dip below –20 degrees, this is the one guide you need. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Growing Perennials in Cold Climates is an excellent resource for selecting, siting, planting, and maintaining perennials that flourish in northern climates. This expanded edition identifies the fifty most popular perennial groups, offers in-depth information on wild and cultivated varieties best suited to cold climates, and rates more than 500 of the choicest plants. In addition to the plant data, this book includes a concise course in perennial gardening, from preparing a site and buying potted perennials to composting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, staking, deadheading, pruning, protecting plants in winter, companion planting, and dealing with disease and insect problems. Owning this guide is like having a professional gardener at your side every step of the way. Written to make even the most sophisticated aspects of growing perennials easy to understand, this book will be indispensable to novice and advanced gardeners alike.

Book News Annotation:

Original publication was in 1998 (John Whitman); the U. of Minnesota Press offers this revised edition. Written for people who live in a region in which winter temperatures dip below minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, this book focuses on the 50 most popular perennial groups, and within those groups, 2,000 wild and cultivated varieties. A five-star rating system identifies the choicest plants. Written for novices as well as seasoned gardeners in succinct, clear language, the text outlines where & how to plant, companion planting, how to care for the plants (e.g. mulching, fertilizing, weeding, cutting back), problems, propagation, special uses, and sources. Abundant photos clearly show what gardeners will get if they do things right and the garden gods are with them. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The landmark book on northern perennials, fully updated and expanded.

About the Author

Mike Heger, co-owner of Ambergate Gardens in Chaska, Minnesota, is one of the leading experts on gardening in cold climates. Debbie Lonnee, a thirty-year veteran of the nursery industry, works for Bailey Nurseries in Newport, Minnesota. She is a prolific garden writer and lecturer and the horticultural editor for Northern Gardener. John Whitman is a garden writer and photographer. He is the coauthor of Growing Shrubs and Small Trees in Cold Climates and Growing Roses in Cold Climates, both forthcoming in new editions from University of Minnesota Press.

Table of Contents

The Perennials by Common Name

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Major Perennial Groups

Part I. The Most Popular Perennials

1. Individual Listings

Achillea

Aconitum

Alchemilla

Aquilegia

Artemisia

Asclepias

Aster

Astilbe

Baptisia

Campanula

Chelone

Chrysanthemum coccineum (see Tanacetum)

Chrysanthemum corymbosum (see Tanacetum)

Chrysanthemum morifolium (see Dendranthema x grandiflora)

Chrysanthemum x rubellum (see Dendranthema species)

Chrysanthemum x superbum (see Leucanthemum-Superbum Group)

Chrysanthemum weyrichii (see Dendranthema species)

Cimicifuga

Clematis

Coreopsis

Delphinium7

Dendranthema x grandiflora

Dendranthema species

Dianthus

Dicentra

Doellingeria

Echinacea

Euphorbia

Eurybia

Ferns

Filipendula

Geranium

Grasses

Heliopsis helianthoides

Hemerocallis

Heuchera

Hosta

Hylotelephium

Iris (Bearded)

Iris(Siberian)

Lamium maculatum

Leucanthemum-Superbum Group

Liatris

Lilium

Lysimachia1

Monarda

Narcissus

Nepeta

Oenothera

Paeonia

Phlox

Platycodon grandiflorus

Pulmonaria

Rudbeckia

Salvia

Sedum

Symphyotrichum

Tanacetum

Thermopsis

Tradescantia

Tulipa

Veronica

Part II. The Basics of Growing Perennials

2. Understanding Perennials

How perennials grow

Buying perennials

3. Selecting and Preparing a Site

Soil and Light

Soil and Moisture

Spacing

Companion Planting and Good Design

4. Planting Perennials

Buying Bare Root Plants

Planting Bare Root Perennials

Buying Potted Perennials

Planting Potted Perennials in the Garden

Planting Potted Perennials in Large Pots

Transplanting

5. Caring for Perennials

Water

Mulch (summer)

Fertilizing

Weeding

Staking

Deadheading

Pruning

Winter Protection

6. Solving Perennial-Growing Problems

Diseases and Insects

Marauders

7. Propagating Perennials

Sexual Propagation

Asexual or Vegetative Propagation

8. Special Uses for Perennials

Cut Flowers and Foliage

Dried Flowers, Foliage, and Seed Heads

Perennials as Food

9. Tools and Supplies

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816675883
Author:
Heger, Mike
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Author:
Lonnee, Debbie
Author:
Whitman
Author:
Whitman, John
Author:
John
Subject:
Gardening-Perennials
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
262
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
10.63 x 8.5 x 2 in

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