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The authoritative guide to creating and planting wonderful garden troughs.
Troughs, those elegant stone containers so treasured by alpine gardeners, can now be made at home with a lightweight concrete-based material called hypertufa, formed with simple molds. Like original stone, hypertufa troughs are weatherproof, combine well with other landscape materials, and make the perfect environment for evocative miniature gardens.
Each trough can have its own microenvironment with the perfect size, soil type, rock forms, mulch, and siting for the desired plants. Sedums and succulents, alpines and dwarf evergreens are some of the plants that can be showcased in trough gardens. Authors Joyce Fingerut, much in demand for her trough-building workshops, and Rex Murfitt, alpine gardening authority, present specialized information on making and planting successful troughs in a most readable yet thorough manner. This book also includes hundreds of photographs, drawings, a plant directory, sample planting plans, resource lists, bibliography, subject index, and plant index. Instructions are complete for making the troughs as well as for planting them.
This is an excellent book for the beginner or expert. The book contains detailed instructions for making your own troughs. Plant selection and planting techniques also detailed. See if you can take a course offered by the author. She lectures frequently and I was able to take an excellent one day seminar taught by the author.