Creating a Perennial Garden in the Midwest

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Big Earth Publishing, 1999 - Gardening - 171 pages
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Create beautiful gardens and grow healthy perennials ideally suited for zones 3, 4, and 5. Emphasizing basic techniques, Joan demystifies and simplifies gardening with a common sense approach that makes growing perennials accessible to most everyone. Stunning full-color photos provide inspiration to the gardeners of all abilities.
 

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Contents

How My Garden Begar
1
Excess Trees and Undergrowth
2
Weed Trees
3
Getting Energized
4
The Magic of Wood Chips
5
Inspiration
6
Finding New Books
7
The Great English Books
8
Quietly Spectacular
75
Hostas First
76
Uses and Care of Hostas
78
Try Daylilies in the Shade
79
Something a Bit Exotic
81
Intermediate Fillers
83
BigLeaved Accents
86
An Exciting Experiment
88

Beginning Your Own Garden
9
Learning Makes the Garden Grow
10
Design Principles Work
12
Do It Your Way but Dont Be Inflexible
14
How to Begin
15
Edging
16
Using Rocks Well
17
Making Paths
20
Recycling Bark Paths
22
Should You Call in a Landscaper?
23
Care of the Soil
25
Removing Weeds and Grasses
26
Chemicals as a Last Resort
27
Be Creative
28
Chop Before Composting
29
Peat Moss and Its Alternatives
30
The Perils of Plastic
31
Fertilizers and Pesticides
32
Seasonal Cleanup
33
When to Apply Winter Mulch
34
Protect Woodies Too
35
Now You Are Ready to Plant
37
Cannibal Plants
38
War on Weeds?
39
Moving Plants Around
40
A Garden from a Dump?
42
Planting BareRoot
44
Planting a Potted Woody
45
The Perfect White Accent Tree
47
A NotSoPerfect Choice
48
Purple for Contrast
49
A Chestnut for the Border
50
Redbuds for the North
53
Native Trees That Flower
54
Small Conifers
55
A Few Choice Flowering Shrubs
56
Creating an Artificial Environment
57
Some Large Shrubs
59
Some Old Standbys
60
Caveat Emptor
61
The Hardiest Climber
63
A Climbing Shrub?
66
Analyzing Shade
68
Some of the Tallest
70
The DelicateLooking Thalictrums
71
A Giant Beauty
73
A Toxic Beauty
74
A Preview of Daffodils
89
The Ferns
90
The Ephemerals
93
Pest or Treasure?
94
Variety in the Shade
95
Good Blossoms in Shade
96
Pale Spikes
97
Astilbes for Color
99
Tiny Bleeding Hearts
100
Corydalis
102
Down the Primrose Path
103
An Underused Genus
104
Foamflowers
106
The Amazing Pulmonarias
107
Ajugas
109
Ginger
110
Ladys Mantle
111
A GroundCovering Herb of the Ancients
112
Grasses for Shade
114
Some Taller Sun Plants
116
The Heavenly Delphinium
117
Civilized Thistles
118
Good Accent Color
119
Reblooming Daylilies
121
Old PigSqueak
130
A Native Charmer
131
Companion Plantings
132
A Few Herbs in the Sand
133
Cactus
136
Try Some Rare Alpines
137
Some Old Friends Come in New Dresses
139
Pretty Creepers
140
A NonCreeping Strawberry
142
The Ultimate Accent
143
Bulbs for Interplanting
147
Never Enough Daffodils
148
Miniature Daffodils
150
Discouraging Animal Pests
152
Always Experimenting
154
An Outlandish Family of Bulbs
155
And Then the Lilies
156
Advice from Painful Experience
160
Expert Advice
162
Conclusion
163
Glossary
164
Index
167
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