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50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs That Deer Don't Eatby Ruth Rogers Clausen
Synopses & Reviews
What's the biggest problem facing gardeners? Drought, lack of sun, or the ever-present threat of disease? Nope, it's deer. The beautiful animals immortalized in Disney's Bambi are also the garden's biggest pests. Increased hunting regulations have caused the deer population to swell to more than 30 million. At the same time, suburban expansion has led to a loss of natural habitat. The result? Deer are looking for food and finding it in gardens all across the country.
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants makes keeping deer away as simple as choosing the appropriate plant. Instead of the typical barriers and fencing, expert plantswoman Ruth Rogers Clausen has chosen the 50 most beautiful (and least palatable) annuals, bulbs, ferns, grasses, herbs, perennials, and shrubs. Whether it's the charming snow crocuses that bloom each spring or the vibrant, long-blooming Texas Sage, these 50 plants provide gardeners a chance to design a deer-proof garden without sacrificing style. Each plant profile includes a deer-resistance scale, tips on growth and care, zone recommendations, and gorgeous color photos showing the plant up close and in the garden setting. Also includes dozens of companion planting ideas.
With the helpful and trusted advice in 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, gardeners can finally garden without fear of deer.
Book News Annotation:
Deer have become a common garden pest throughout North America. Clausen, a gardener in the Northeast U.S., has compiled a terrific guide that describes the best garden plants deer won't eat. The plant entries are 2-3 pages in length and grouped by type, with sections on annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs, grasses, and others. Each entry includes a key with the Latin and common name, hardiness, height and spread, and deer resistance rating; and a lengthy text describing the plant, how to grow it, and design tips. Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Keeping your beautiful garden safe from deer is as simple as choosing the right plants. In 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, gardening expert Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the most versatile and drool-worthy options: white snowdrops that bloom in the spring; shade-loving, electric gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in vibrant reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden in the autumn.
Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs of every plant, this inspiring guide offers everything a plant-lover with a deer problem needs to know. In addition to the 50 best annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus advice on how to grow them — Clausen includes dozens of deer-resistant companions and smart design tips for pulling it all together. And here's the best part: your gorgeous garden will be irresistible to everyone but those pesky deer.
About the Author
Ruth Rogers Clausen's Perennials for American Gardens (Random House, 1989) received the 1990 Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association. She has also written for the American Garden guide series: Perennial Gardening with the New York Botanical Garden, Annual Gardening with the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Trees with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her Dreamscaping was published by Hearst Books. Former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine, she has also contributed to Country Gardens, Horticulture, and Organic Gardening.
Ruth was trained in horticulture at Studley College in England, and received her M.S. in botany from Kent State University. Since 1976, she has freelanced as a teacher, lecturer, and author in the U.S. and Canada.
Ruth serves on the advisory committee for the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she is also a member of the corporation. She is a member of the advisory council for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and she often serves as a judge at flower shows.
She gardens in Westchester County, New York, where deer abound.
Noted garden, nature, and landscape photographer Alan L. Detrick resides with his wife and business partner, Linda, in Glen Rock, New Jersey. His award-winning work has appeared worldwide in major publications including Audubon, Garden Design, Horticulture, Modern Maturity, Natural History, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Sunset.
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