Plant This Instead!

Plant This Instead!

Better Plant Choices : Prettier - Hardier - Blooms Longer - New Colors - Less Work - Drought-tolerant - Native

Book - 2014
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Beautiful gardens are generally thought to be true labors of love, often demanding hours of tedious routine maintenance. Planting requirements can be daunting, and finding the time to successfully cultivate a home garden is a tall order for most of us - constant watering, debris removal, and tiresome pruning are not at the top of our wish lists. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way: a carefully selected plant variety can give you all the enjoyment and curb appeal of a gorgeous, painstakingly tended garden with none of the wrist pain. Plant This Instead! tips you off to 75 lesser-known plant types that will thrive naturally in various microclimates, depending on where you live in the United States--featuring native and non-invasive plants, hardy alternatives to less sturdy species, new introductions, repeat bloomers, and other helpful varieties. Renowned garden designer and photographer Troy B. Marden offers clear-cut, side-by-side comparisons of these superior plant choices to the more common, fussier kinds. He incorporates original photography and identifies regionally appropriate selections, demonstrating which climates are friendly to which plants and ensuring that no matter your location, you'll be able to capitalize on his expert advice. Most importantly, Marden alerts you to some of gardening's most harmful misconceptions, explaining why you shouldn't copy professional landscapers and how placing a ten-dollar plant in the wrong place could cost you thousands of dollars. Planting a beautiful garden shouldn't be a chore--and with Plant This Instead! , it won't be.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Cool Springs Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781591865766
Branch Call Number: 635.9 Mar
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill


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Aug 29, 2017

This book is not very useful to people living in Calgary, with a normal suburban lot. The author is living in Tennessee, on a large rural property. The climate, rainfall are so very different. Yet the library keeps buying these books on gardening from foreign places. He does make some useful comments, beautiful photos. It makes me want to move to Tennessee, LOL. People in Calgary have a real battle to garden well, a chinook zone, and high altitude bring real challenges. Unfortunately, gardening is a local thing, not something that can be generalized. Calgary's elevation is 1,045m (3,428 ft), Edmonton is 645m, Banff is 1,383m, Toronto is 76m. Calgary is semi arid, average annual precipitation is 419 mm or 16.5 inches. I guess all we can do is try to glean the best from each book and accumulate experience over the years.

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