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The Well-tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques [Hardcover]

Tracy DiSabato-Aust
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15 Aug 2006
With more than 130,000 copies sold since its original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, in this expanded edition, there's even more to learn from and enjoy. This is the first, and still the most thorough, book to detail essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and deadleafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated. More than 200 new color photographs have been added to this revised edition, showing perennials in various border situations and providing images for each of the entries in the A-to-Z encyclopedia of important perennial species. In addition, there is a new 32-page journal section, in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performance of perennials in your own garden. Thousands of readers have commented that The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is one of the most useful and frequently consulted books in their gardening libraries. This new, expanded edition promises to be an even more effective ally in your quest to create a beautiful, healthy, well-maintained perennial garden.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Expanded Ed edition (15 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928037
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 19.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A practical book filled with the details of how to care for perennials. ... Perhaps the most useful section is that of lengthy lists in the back that help you determine which perennials you do and don't want to grow, depending on your tolerance for maintenance and where you live, and which perennials are deer-resistant, have seedheads that attract song birds, are short-lived, need deadheading or lots of other categories thought up by this walking encyclopedia of a perennial expert. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20060805 Well worth revisiting, with more than 200 new photos and a 32-page journal section in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performances of perennials in your own garden. -- Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer 20060911 This book possesses so much good information, presented in a clear, readable manner, that you might just start to see pruning, deadheading and other routine tasks as fun. ... The most valuable section is an encyclopedia of perennials that includes information about hardy perennials. -- Nancy Brachey Charlotte Observer 20061202 Should be for gardeners what Joy of Cooking is for cooks: every new gardener gets a copy and learns from it over a lifetime. -- Patricia Jonas Plants and Gardens News 20061001 [A] first-rate how-to guide that deserves a place in every gardener's library. ... [One of] the 10 best books of the year. -- Steve Whysall Winnipeg Free Press 20061217 With more than 200 new photographs and a maintenance journal to keep track of your own planting and pruning, it falls into both the pretty and practical categories. -- Irene Virag Newsday 20061217 As always with DiSabato-Aust, the fine writing of this remarkable horticulturalist and teacher makes the text informative and readable. -- Renee E. D'Aoust Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly 20061001 Her original version published in 1998 took the garden world by storm. ... Though it might not seem possible, the expanded version is even better. -- Jody Headlee Oakland Press 20061203 A revision of a favorite. ... With more photographs, it is a powerful reference book that is fun to read. -- Jack Kerrigan Cleveland Plain Dealer 20061228 There's a whole book about perennial garden maintenance, Tracy DiSabato-Aust's hugely popular The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, which I highly recommend. -- Jane Milliman Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 20070721 Well worth the read, this is a good book for anyone who has a perennial garden or anyone thinking of installing one. -- Thomas Mickey Seacoast Home & Garden magazine 20070901 [A] wonderful perennial-maintenance book. -- George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-News 20071008 An excellent resource for planting and maintaining perennial gardens. ... Will serve novice and experienced gardeners alike. ... The piece de resistance is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of perennial species, their bloom times and maintenance needs, which, alone, makes this the one book you should keep handy to consult throughout the year. -- Jessica Damiano Newsday 20061114 Perfect for the entry-level gardener, this practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice for good growing. Real Simple 20080101 The best book about growing perennials. Ms. DiSabato-Aust does an excellent job of describing the information needed to have a beautiful, healthy perennial garden. -- Cheryl Cadwell Newport Daily News 20071105 A really helpful book. -- Helen Yemm Daily Telegraph (London) 20080718 An excellent book that details when and how to transplant/divide perennials. -- George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-News 20080904 Number one on my list of must-read gardening books because it takes the mystery out of how to become a first-class perennial gardener. --Nancy Szerlag Detroit News 20091106

Details about how you actually execute the Chelsea chop, either by shearing the whole plant or just chopping every other ste --Recommended in "The Daily Telegraph Weekend" (18th August 2012)

In this astonishingly informative book there is scarcely a problem you may have had that will not be dealt with, plus many more you had not imagined... It is a breath of fresh air among today's plethora of gardening books. It is so full of original ideas combined with earthy, hands-on experience. I could not put it down, but spent two days making notes to pin up on the potting-shed wall- and that after 60 years of gardening. --Beth Chatto- Gardens Illustrated magazine

About the Author

Tracy DiSabato-Aust, aka "the Queen of Deadheading," has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States and abroad, working for over 30 years in the industry, speaking for over 25 years and designing for over 20 years.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rtosa 10 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
This hard-backed book was mentioned in an RHS magazine article (not an advert or review) so I borrowed it from the library first. It was so good that I bought my own. The book is easy to read, unpretentious and very applicable to those of us with small/average gardens and not just the few with substantial acreage (and garden staff!). The chapters cover all the things you might need to know and the book includes a substantial plant encyclopedia together with extremely useful appendices for planting, maintenance and pruning. A perennial maintenance journal is included for the reader to fill in but that's not for me. There are lots of colour pictures throughout. One thing to note is that because the book is US-based, one or two of the plant names are different and the hardiness figures refer to the US. I think it's quite simple to convert these for UK hardiness. I can see me reading and referring to this book a great deal. A good buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for keen gardeners 26 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by a brilliant gardening friend. Since receiving it a few weeks ago, and following the easy to understand pruning tips, my plants have re-flowered and new shoots appearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So informative and practical 12 Jan 2011
By alkaso
Format:Hardcover
My husband is a very knowledgeable gardener - I am not. He read a review of this book in The Financial Times. This book is so easy to use and full of practical advice that I use it all the time. My husband refers to it regularly and has recommended it to other experienced gardeners. What a bonus that we both find it so useful! It is also very well laid out with good photographs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Guide for Tending Perennials 14 Dec 2012
By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Tracy DiSabato-Aust's The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is a more practical volume with nearly half of it dedicated to how to look after perennial plants, from pre-planting soil preparation through to division and pruning.

The other half of the book is an encyclopedia of around 175 plants of merit to the garden. Whilst this is an American book, all the plants are garden worthy for the UK too. Each entry also has care and maintenance instructions as well as a number of related plants which can be used as substitutions.

At the back is a practical maintenance section with details of the tasks needed throughout the year by specific plant groups. This is the book to study not only for which plants are best for your situation and how to look after them, but to also help make decisions based on how much time you have for your garden.

Anyone wanting to know more about how to look after the perennials in their care, will like the planting and aftercare focus of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My only reservation is that it is written for the USA - the author talks about climate 'zones' - ours in the UK are very simple compared to the States. The map at the back of the book shows the USA zones - there is a multitude of them! I guess the UK would fall into the USA Eastern coastal zone, but the map is tiny and not terribly helpful to the UK gardner.
That said, the author is very honest about what she thinks are practical plants to grow in the perennial garden. I like her style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DiSabato a real find 6 July 2013
By wedding
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good book that helps the gardener keep an attractive garden all year round. So many tips that I have never heard of. Delighted with it.
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