Midwest Cottage Gardening

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Big Earth Publishing, 2004 - Gardening - 220 pages
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Create your own beautiful cottage garden. This practical book offers advice to help Midwestern gardeners--whether novices or old pros--achieve beautiful, organic gardens drawing on ageold cottage garden traditions. Learn how to use a lively mixture of perennials, annuals, fruiting trees and shrubs, vegetables, and herbs.
 

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This is the best book I have read for gardening in the central Midwest!

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Contents

PLANNING YOUR MIDWEST COTTAGE GARDEN
1
Respect Your Site
2
Repetition
3
What Do You Want From a Garden?
4
Color is for Free
6
Developing Your Own Personal Color Scheme
8
Six Indispensable Perennials
13
Hostas
14
Irises
F-22
Lillies
F-24
Dahlias
F-27
Grasses
F-28
Roses
F-38
Vines
F-46
Trees and Shades
F-49
Herbs
F-51

Peonies
20
Daylilies
22
Rudbeckias
25
Sedums
26
Eckinacca
30
PERENNIAL SUPPORT PLAYERS
34
Chrysanthemum parthenium Feverfew
35
Euphoria Spurges
36
Gerunium Hardy Geraniums
38
Monarda Bee Balm
39
Nepeta faasenii Catmint
40
Stachys byzantina Lambs Ears
41
DICTIONARY OF PERENNIALS
43
ANNUALS THAT THRIVE
99
HeatLoving Annuals
100
Gloriosa Daisies
F-4
Zinnias
F-5
Geraniums on the Windowsill and How to Exploit
F-6
More Fine Annuals for the Midwestern Garden
F-9
A Few Problem Annuals
F-12
OTHER USEFUL PLANTS
F-15
Fruits
F-55
ELEMENTS OF PLANTING
F-59
Drainage
F-63
Drought
F-66
Right Plans Wrong Ecosystem
F-68
Pesticides
F-69
Herbicides
F-71
Soil Amendments and Fertilizers
F-72
Light and Shade
F-73
Cutting Back
F-81
Neatness
F-83
CONTAINING GARDENING
F-87
Containers
F-88
What to Plant in a Container
F-89
Planting Mix
F-91
PROPAGATING PLANTS FOR YOUR GARDEN
F-93
Starting Seeds
F-94
SelfSeeding Plants
F-102
Slips
F-107
INDEX
F-113
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