Synopses & Reviews
Whoever coined the phrase "money doesn't grow on trees" must not have been a resourceful gardener. While we may not be able to harvest physical money, with the right plants and techniques gardeners can rely on nature to give itself away for free.
Plantiful shows you how to have an easy, gorgeous garden packed with plants by simply making the right choices. Kristen Green highlights plants that help a garden quickly grow by self-sowing and spreading and teaches you how to expand the garden and extend the life of a plant by overwintering. The book features plant profiles for 50 self-sowers (including columbine, milkweed, and foxglove), 50 spreaders (such as clematis, snow poppy, and spearmint), and 50 plants that overwinter (including lemon verbena, begonia, and Chinese hibiscus). Additional gardening tips, design ideas, and inspirational photos will motivate and inspire gardeners of all levels.
This guide helps general readers create a garden by choosing plantsthat grow and spread quickly and strongly. It explains how to choose and use 50 self-sowers, 50 spreaders, and 50 season-extendingfrost-tender plants (with color photos and descriptions of each). It also describes how different types of plants grow, opportunistic vs.invasive plants, and how to make the most of the garden, start a seed collection, propagate plants, reuse and replant them, and bring them inside during the winter.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"The fascination of Green's first book is the sense that it brings into order a chaotic landscape half-seen but never attended to. Consider the tall Verbena bonariensis with its seemingly fragile, slender, 3 5 ft. stalks, the delicate bundles of purple blossoms that crown them, the butterflies they attract. This book prompts appreciation of the plant, and imparts knowledge of how to control ('edit') it. Plants that are self-starters tend to show up in gardens, highway medians, and all manner of other locales. Self-seeders come back again and again, which can be wonderful and terrible. The challenge for the gardener is keeping them in check. This book generous with color photographs and helpful tips and tools lends the right eye and the technical expertise to that end. The book equips the gardener to understand what, in her garden, she is looking at, and then, understanding, she can organize and tame it and see it again, as if for the very first time." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kristin Green first unearthed a passion for gardening while on the West Coast earning degrees in art and painting from the University of Washington. After returning home to Rhode Island in 2003, she spent the next 12 years serving as interpretive horticulturist, garden blogger, and photographer at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, a 33-acre non-profit public garden in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is also head gardener and curator of plants for her own .17-acre estate, where she writes a regular column called Down to Earth for local newspapers. Her writing and photographs have been published in Fine Gardening and other magazines.