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The "Gardening Which?" Guide to Successful Perennials ("Which?" Consumer Guides) Paperback – 28 Mar 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; New edition edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852028865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852028865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,537,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What is a successful perennial? The author defines it as: "One that is thriving, showing off its most attractive features in a way that compliments the rest of the garden".

The book is devoted to explaining this, showing how perennials can be used, how to care for them, what the propagation techniques are and also useful buying tips. More than 160 hardy perennials are covered alphabetically in this excellent reference book, each one accompanied by first-class colour photographs, and there is also a section on grasses. It is necessary to become familiar with how to use the book, using the symbols, colour coding, diagrams, icons, charts and features calendars. These are simple and straightforward and the forthcoming information can be used so that any gardener can make informed choices to create low-cost, low-maintenance, sensational displays of perennials in various seasons.

The information has been obtained by Gardening Which? over a number of years by carrying out trials on eight test sites throughout Britain. Each type of perennial has been tested in a wide variety of soils and climates and detailed records have been kept. All this research has given Gardening Which? the authority to say which are the best. Other books in the series include Gardening Which? Guide to Successful Pruning, Gardening Which? Guide to Successful Propagation, Gardening Which? Guide to Successful Shrubs, Gardening Which? Guide to Patio and Container Plants and Gardening Which Guide to Small Gardens. --Susan Naylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Hardy perennials are not only captivating and beautiful but also reliable and value for money. They can provide you with a stunning array of seasonal highlights, introducing colour, texture, fragrance and shape into any border, bed or container. This revised edition of "The Gardening Which? Guide to Successful Perennials" includes up-to-date results of "Gardening Which?" growing trials and offers plenty of tips on how to buy and care for your new plants. It covers more than 160 hardy perennials, from acanthus to zantedeschia, with sections on bamboos and ornamental grasses and a new section on ferns. Each entry also features recommendations on which variety to select and suggestions for good companion plants to create eye-catching combinations of flowers and foliage. Whether you want to inject new life into existing areas such as shrub borders, shady ground under trees or a sunny patio, or to create inspiring new features such as a gravel garden, meadow or pond-side plantings, this guide will help you transform your garden.

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This is my second book in the Which? 'Successful ' series and like the first it gives all the information I need.

The range of plants is more than adequate, the descriptions clear and accurate as is the guidance on planting and care.

I have used 'Successful Shrubs' to plant both previous and current gardens and look forward to using 'Perennials' to add even more colour next year.
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yes loved it good illustrations often take it out to re-read sometimes just to look at photos
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