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.