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Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses
Michael A. Dirr
0875638007
August 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (above), this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Gardening in the Coastal South
Marie Harrison
1561642746
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Take a stroll through the garden of a self-confessed hortimaniac. Gardening is Marie Harrison’s avocation, passion . . . some might say, obsession. In her personal, witty style (she refers to her husband as Amiable Spouse, or A.S. for short), Marie divulges her own tried-and-true ways of gardening along the coasts of the southeast United States. Marie covers perennials, flowers grown from bulbs, herbs, shrubs and small trees, vines, edible flowers, and herbs for flower borders. A section of full-color photos captures these beautiful plants and flowers in all their vibrant glory. Charming pen-and-ink illustrations are sprinkled throughout the text. Marie discusses the edible and medicinal properties of various plants (there’s even a quick recipe or two!), as well as coastal considerations such as salt...


Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses
Michael A. Dirr
0875637957
August 1998
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (above), this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Tough Plants for Florida Gardens
Felder Rushing
1591861209
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Tough Plants for Florida Gardens is for gardeners who want low care, no care, tried and true plants for their gardens. This is the book for gardeners who want plants they can plant and forget!

Tough Plants for Florida Gardens is written for novice and accomplished Florida gardeners alike, for all gardeners who value their leisure time. They also value the appearance of their home and appreciate the benefits of well-placed landscaping…however; they do not want to devote too much time to keeping it beautiful.

Tough Plants for Florida Gardens includes over 180 of the toughest plants for Florida gardens, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees, ornamental vines, and grasses. Each featured plant is noted for its ability to thrive with minimal care. Many of the selections can withstand drought,...



American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
Henry Marc Cathey
0756606160
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Collecting contributions from 100 distinguished horticulturists, the handsome and lavishly illustrated American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a truly definitive gardening reference. With its 1,092 tiny-print pages, this may not be the book to tuck into your pocket as you weed and mulch, but what this encyclopedia lacks in portability, it certainly makes up for in scope. Hardy and tender plants, heirloom varieties and the latest hybrids--they're all accounted for here, with growing tips and background information about native habitats and ornamental features. You'll also find a fascinating section about botany, as well as information about basic gardening techniques such as mulching, staking, pruning, propagating, and protecting plants for winter. But the encyclopedia's main attraction...


American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
American Horticultural Society
0789489937
November 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This lushly illustrated and exhaustive gardening reference, an update to the 1989 original, is sure to gratify greenthumbs all around the U.S.: comprising three main sections (the plant selector, the plant catalogue and the plant dictionary), it's an excellent resource for anyone looking to fashion a beautiful and environmentally sustainable garden. The plant selector points gardeners toward flora appropriate to their environmental or aesthetic needs (e.g., plants that do well in sandy or alkaline soil, make good windbreaks or have aromatic leaves), while the plant catalogue, organized into sections by type (perennials, shrubs, bulbs, water plants) and boasting thousands of photographs, delves into greater detail about the characteristics of individual species. Each section is helpfully organized by seasons of...


The Ornamental Grass Kit
Sara Phillips
0762412518
Mar 2002
Bargain - Hardcover
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California Native Plants for the Garden
Carol Bornstein
0962850586
November 2005
Paperback
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Sue Rosenthal, Bay Nature Magazine, Fall, 2005
[The authors] have combined their deep knowledge of and extensive experience with California plants into a thorough and charismatic guide.

Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2006
An authoritative reference on California gardening, with detailed advice on landscape design, installation, watering, pruning, and pest control.

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Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardens
Allan M. Armitage
0881927600
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Horticulturist Armitage provides gardeners with a useful sourcebook listing hundreds of native plants available in the retail marketplace. Armitage acknowledges that he and like-minded avid green thumbs are keen on planting a mix of exotics and natives, not simply one group or the other. To that end, the book's informative plant entries reach beyond comprehensive descriptions of native species to recommended choice cultivars. Armitage's frankly opinionated, consistently lively writing is illuminating, from notes on etymology clarifying botanical and common names to guidance aimed at helping gardeners understand that while black snakeroot needs a colder climate to thrive, switchgrass and sneezeweed will grow in a wide range of USDA zones. The in-depth listings cover a plant's natural habitat and hardiness, advise on...


Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques
Tracy DiSabato-Aust
0881924148
February 15, 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
To pinch or not to pinch is not the only question addressed here. Horticulturist DiSabato-Aust affirms that pinching is essential for plant robustness and an extended blooming season. In addition to explaining how and where to pinch a plant, she details correct techniques for deadheading, effectively removing the mystery from perennial pruning by referring to it "as grooming, shaping, shearing or snipping." Recognizing the diverse styles of gardens and gardeners, she demonstrates how different approaches to pruning can produce varied growth and blooming patterns. Also offered is information on site selection, soil preparation, planting and disease and pest control. Most impressive is the extensive encyclopedia of perennials which, drawing principally on her own field experience, focuses on pruning and maintenance...


Passalong Plants
Steve Bender
0807844187
Nov 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
What's a passalong plant? Something not always easily come by in garden stores, catalogues, and horticultural centers, and instead passed along by one aficionado to another, sometimes over the fence dividing lawns, beds, or yards. Declare the coauthors, "To a gardener all other gardeners are friends," and if true, this is fortunate, as Bender and Rushing, both Southerners, survey the field for passalongs in their region, and come up with stories to keep their information company: the butterfly bush, for instance, was discovered by a missionary and a reverend, and zinnias have also been known as "old maids." This compendium is designed with clarity in mind and illustrated with small but precise color photographs. Headings are cute to a fault, however, and seem to get worse as the pages turn: "Holy Satisfactory,"...


The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses : Sedges, Rushes, Restios, Cat-tails, and Selected Bamboos
Rick Darke
0881924644
February 15, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Much has changed in the role and use of ornamental grasses over the past 100 years. Whereas turn-of-the-century gardeners had perhaps a dozen perennial grasses to choose from, today's gardeners have hundreds. Ornamental grasses now embody a huge array of textures, forms, sizes, colors, flowering times, and cultural adaptations. The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses is intended for gardeners in a wide range of situations and climates, and draws from the experience and creativity of great gardens and gardeners around the world. It begins with an exploration of the unique aesthetics and appeal of ornamental grasses before moving on to a review of the families of grasses and a survey of grasses in their native habitats. Gardeners usually speak of "ornamental grasses" in the broad sense, including not only the true grasses...


Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden That Lightens up the Shadows
Larry Hodgson
1579549675
April 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Gardeners who weed, plant, and prune under the sun's beneficial rays may think they have it "made in the shade" when it comes to horticultural variety, but there's a downside to all that versatility, according to Hodgson. Those who garden, figuratively speaking, where the sun don't shine, have less weeds, watering, and other bothersome maintenance than their full-sun compatriots. Sharing his considerable expertise throughout this comprehensive guide, Hodgson entertainingly educates both novice and seasoned gardeners about the myriad merits of shade gardening. From cultural considerations to design decisions, Hodgson covers those relevant topics necessary to transform dark garden corners into radiant exhibitions of texture and color. Hundreds of popular and lesser-known perennials, annuals, bulbs, vines, and grasses are...


Flora
Sean Hogan
0881925381
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Major garden and plant reference sources are appearing like bulbs sprouting in the spring. A significant contribution to the bouquet is this work from the independent publisher Timber Press, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth year in the industry. The encyclopedia was produced in Australia by Global Book Publishing, and the chief consultant, Hogan, for many years managed the Australia/New Zealand areas at USC-Berkeley Botanic Garden. Most of the 15 contributors are from the U.S and have credentials or experience in horticulture.Following some introductory material on hardiness zones and plant nomenclature, the pages are filled with descriptions of 20,000 plants accompanied by 10,000 color photographs. There are entries from all plant groups--trees, shrubs, bulbs, herbs, fruits, vegetables, grasses,...


Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs
Warren T. Johnson, Howard H. Lyon
0801426022
April 1991
Hardcover
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Ferns for American Gardens
John Mickel
0881925985
Oct 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
Mickel is the curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, and he has included more than 400 types of ferns in this excellent reference source. Mickel begins with chapters on fern structure, fern growing and gardening with ferns, and fern propagation. Each entry in the list of ferns (arranged alphabetically by genus) covers foliage, habitat, method of culture and propagation, and suggestions on garden use and plant combinations. Appendixes include a list of ferns grown under various conditions, a list of fern societies, and a glossary. The finished book, a Garden Book Club selection, will have 360 color photographs. George Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
Westchester Journal News : A garden classic for ten...


Florida Landscape Plants: Native and Exotic
John V. Watkins
0813028388
June 2005
Paperback
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South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 7/22/05
Still a must-have guide to basic information on more than 400 plants.

Naples Daily News, 9/30/2005
Thoughtfully assembled.

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Taylor's Guide to Shrubs: How to Select and Grow More than 500 Ornamental and Useful Shrubs for Privacy, Ground Covers, and Specimen Plantings - Flexible Binding
Kathleen S. Fisher
0618004378
February 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Shrubs are the backbone of the garden. Chosen wisely, they will do more for your landscape than any other kind of plant. Chosen carelessly, they can be expensive mistakes. In this handy new TAYLOR'S GUIDE, you'll find the most-sought-after cultivars, offering better flowers, unusual foliage, colorful berries, improved disease tolerance, or compact size and shape for small gardens. Here you can choose the perfect shrubs - to give you privacy and screen out unattractive views - to act as a beautiful focal point or enhance a mixed border - to control erosion or create a ground cover that needs no mowing - for difficult situations such as windy seashores, droughty shade, and wet areas And for every plant in this authoritative book, you'll find detailed how-to-grow information.


Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs : An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Michael A. Dirr
0881924040
October 1, 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
A first-class source on the very best garden trees and shrubs. Excellent color photos accompany the well-written plant descriptions, which point out both the positive and negative attributes of each plant, including physical features, hardiness, disease resistance, and growth preferences. A multitude of cross-referenced indexes will help readers find the right plant for each location and desired effect. (LJ 11/15/97) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post
"The ultimate in reference texts about shrubs and trees...sets what should be the standard for plant books."

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Montrose
Nancy Goodwin
0822336049
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It takes a committed gardener to characterize a year of unseasonable killing frost, brutal summer heat and drought, and a destructive ice storm as "the happiest year of my life." In this chronicle of tasks and events at Montrose, her historic North Carolina home, Goodwin reveals herself to be as dedicated as she is talented. Montrose became widely recognized during the 10 years Goodwin ran a successful nursery business there and she remains known as much for her personal skill and knowledge as for the series of themed gardens she created and tends on its 61 acres. Each chapter covers one month, interspersing closely observed descriptions of the appearance, habit and care of individual plants with anecdotes about the doings of her small staff, her encouraging husband, their friends and visitors, and the cats she...


Tempting Tropicals: 175 Irresistible Indoor Plants
Ellen Zachos
0881927325
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Gardeners living in the country's warmest regions can grow and enjoy tropical plants as they please, but in most areas, they are only grown seasonally. Zachos, a zealous collector with an encompassing knowledge, provides a comprehensive growers' guide that shows the way to cultivating tropicals indoors so that one can enjoy the delightful fragrances and exotic beauty year-round. A well-rounded reference, the book conveys all the necessary practical information relating to feeding, care, growth cycles, and light and moisture requirements along with troubleshooting for pesky insects and vexing diseases. Mainly, Zachos introduces a wealth of wonderful specimens to consider, giving a concise description of each species, its requirements for culture, and propagation tips. Accompanied by color photographs, entries include...


An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft
0881925586
February 17, 2003
Hardcover
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Review
Garden (Peterborough) : A readable, colourful and reasonably-priced book that provides a ready reference to most palms found in cultivation and will certainly set the standard for many years to come.
Nik Malik Zainal Abidin Garden Asia Magazine : Bravo! Finally, there is a book with easy reference on the palms of the world. The photography is superb, detailing the intricate leaves and stem structure. The text is crisp, clear, and very readable. . . . This book is highly recommended.
Clear Englebert FungShway.com : Cause for celebration among tropical gardeners.
Susan Knorr Fairchild Tropical Garden : This book is a "must-have" for anyone who loves palms.
R. Cox California Garden : Far and away the most comprehensive book now available on palms.
Palms : It is clearly...


Succession Planting for Year-round Pleasure
Christopher Lloyd
0881927139
January 19, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
Rainy Side Gardeners : Packed with fresh ideas and practical advice for every season, Succession Planting contains all the information you need to create brilliantly successful year-round planting schemes.
Valerie Easton Seattle Times : From bedding out to self-seeders, Lloyd knows all the tricks of exclamation-point plantings.
Keith Wiley Garden (Peterborough) : For anyone wishing to keep their gardens alive with color for as long in the year as is humanly possible, this is a must-have book.
Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer : [Lloyd's] wisdom is easily adapted to American homeowner's more modest gardens.
Chicago Tribune : A manifesto on how Lloyd combines plants to keep his garden borders glorious from April through October and through the winter... Take inspiration from...

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