Synopses & Reviews
We've all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture, and multi-season interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult to attempt at home. Or are they?
The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden makes a design-magazine-worthy garden achievable at home. The new, simplified approach is made up of hardy, beautiful plants grown on a 10x14 foot grid. Each of the 62 garden plans combines complementary plants that thrive together and grow as a community. They are designed to make maintenance a snap. In fact, the entire garden is mowed down at the end of the season!
The garden plans can be followed explicitly or adjusted to meet individual needs; size can be altered by treating the grid-like design as a modular building block that can be halved, doubled, or tripled as needed. This complete garden system makes a gorgeous perennial garden available to everyone, no matter their skill or the size of their space.
In this color illustrated guide for gardeners, author Diblik (who wasinstrumental in creating the Lurie Garden at Chicago's Millennium Park) offers info on 74 perennial plants that grow easily in thenorthern half of the US, and provides 62 garden plans for durable, self-sustaining plant communities designed for beauty, color,texture, and ease of maintenance. These 140-square-foot garden plans can be treated as building blocks for larger spaces. The book offersguidelines on understanding plants and space needs, such as soil types and watering needs. There is also material on site preparationand planting, and care and maintenance, plus examples of real-life show gardens. The book contains color photos on every page, some full page, plus color planting diagrams.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
About the Author
Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik has spent more than 30 years studying, growing, and enjoying plants. His passion for native plants and other perennials began with his work at the Natural Garden Nursery in St. Charles, Illinois, and has been cultivated through his establishment of Northwind Perennial Farm, a nursery in Burlington, Wisconsin. Roy’s recent work includes a planting of the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and a garden for the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best known as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf’s midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. He is a sought-after speaker and regularly addresses audiences across the country.