Synopses & Reviews
Perennials play a central role in today's gardens, contributing both colorful flowers and, in many cases, handsome foliage. Choosing specific plants, however, can be daunting. Is this plant hardy in my area? How big does it get? When does it bloom? How much sun does it need? What kind of soil does it prefer? What are its water requirements? What are the best varieties? Perennials
answers these questions and many others for more than 2700 species and cultivars in 250 genera, making it one of the most comprehensive guides available.
Concise introductory chapters discuss the characteristics of the most important perennial plant families; plants that lend themselves to special kinds of gardens; and general perennial maintenance. The heart of the book is the A-Z encyclopedia. For each genus, the authors give the plant's scientific and common names, origins, preferred growing conditions, and light requirements. They also offer hard-earned advice on management techniques, propagation, pests and diseases, and companion plants. Individual species and cultivars are listed in easy-to-use charts that include height and spread, hardiness zones, foliage and flower characteristics, and other helpful comments. The informative text is enlivened throughout by Lynne Harrison's sumptuous photographs.
Perennials play a central role in today's gardens. Choosing specific plants, however, can be daunting. Is this plant hardy in my area? How big does it get? When does it bloom? Perennials: A Gardener's Reference answers these and many other questions for more than 2,700 species and cultivars in 250 genera, making it one of the most comprehensive guides available. The informative text is enlivened throughout by the authors' wide-ranging experience with perennials and by Lynne Harrison's sumptuous photographs. Whether you're a beginning gardener, a seasoned expert, or a green-industry professional, Perennials: A Gardener's Reference will be the book you turn to again and again for essential information about these supremely beautiful and useful plants.
About the Author
Carrie Becker has gardened for more than 40 years. She has been a professional gardener, landscape designer, and consultant for over 25 years. Carrie is an instructor for the Edmonds Community College, teaching classes on perennial care, herbaceous plant identification, border maintenance, and color in landscape design. Susan Carter is a garden and landscape designer. She has been involved with many horticultural organizations including Master Gardener's, the Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Northwest Horticultural Society, and the Association for Women in Landscaping. Susan has 25 years of experience in many areas of horticulture, professional training in landscape design, and a timeless desire to know everything there is to know about plants. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Bob Lilly has been in the horticulture trade since his summers in college. He worked at Wells Medina Nursery in Bellingham, Washington, for seventeen years and was the nursery manager at the Herb Farm for two years. Currently, Bob sells perennials to whoesale growers, and when not lecturing, writes about perennials for various publications throughout the Northwest.