A guide to keeping a perennial garden in bloom from April through October, this book provides all the information a gardener needs to grow beautiful flowers. Detailed information includes descriptions of flowers, bloom length, light and soil requirements, care, propagation, and potential problems.
Unique and useful book. It has sections for each month (March to October) plus sections on foliage plants and winter interest. In each section there are perennials and bulbs that flower or have a season of interest at that time. You can use this to plan an all-season garden. There is a large, lovely picture for each plant. The information is not terribly extensive (you will probably still want to look the plants up in a more comprehensive encyclopedia to learn how to grow them), but there are lots of useful little tips from the author's personal experience. I especially liked the suggestions for companion plantings. Also check out her "Continuous Color," which is a similar book about flowering shrubs and trees.
As a perennial designer, this is my favorite book! I love that the varieties Pam has chosen are commonly available in the trade and at garden centers. The advice about each plant is honest - no over-glorification. It has saved me much time and $$$ by helping me choose the BEST PERFORMING plants for the gardens I've designed.
This is an exceptional book! My dilemma as a northern gardener was to fill the holes between seasons. Most gardens look good in spring, pretty nice in summer and so-so in fall. Ms. Duthie's book, which emphasizes perennials, filled all the holes for me. My goal is to have a garden that looks beautiful from March well into the winter (I am in Zone 5a). She explains which plants bloom for two weeks as opposed to 16 weeks, which bloom and go completely dormant (leaving gaps) as opposed to those that alter in an attractive manner, which plants stay put and which spread, which flop and which do not require staking, and presents it in a month by month order. Pair it with Michael Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs and Allan Armitage's Garden Annuals.