Perennial Combinations: Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic Right From The Start

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Rodale, Jan 15, 1999 - Gardening - 352 pages
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Perennial combinations are the building blocks of beautiful, successful gardens. Choosing perennials that look great and grow well together is a skill that can take years to develop, but with this book, you're guaranteed to make perfect plant choices right from the start. In Perennial Combinations, expert plantsman, C. Colston Burrell hand-selects 120 of the best perennial combinations for homeowners, then offers his expert advice on how to grow and use the combinations to create great gardens.

Each combination is featured in a stunning color photograph accompanied by a numbered photo key and plant list, so it's easy to find and buy exactly the right plants to re-create the combination in your own garden. Each combination features just two to six plants, so they're perfect for even the smallest garden space. You can plant each combination just as it appears in the book, or for a bigger color splash, just repeat the combination or mix it with others that are suited to the same conditions. You'll find combinations for stunning bloom from spring through fall; combinations especially suited to challenging sites like heavy clay soil or seaside gardens; and combinations just for fun, like fragrant combinations and combinations that attract butterflies.

C. Colston Burrell has lived and gardened in different climates across America, so he's made sure this book is useful to gardeners from California to Maine. He's also a professional garden designer, and he's applied his talents to create 22 original garden designs that feature the book's individual combinations. Plus every page includes his personal gardening wisdom, so you'll not only know which perennials to plant together, you'll know how to maintain those perennials so your garden will look beautiful year after year.
 

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

How often I have struggled sorting through the tremendous variety of perennials to find the combinations which blend together and will grow in the particular soil and light combinations at hand. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carla B, Merchandising - Borders

Cole Burrell has gardened in the North and Cole Burrell now gardens in the South, and there isn't much he doesn't know about what you want in your garden at all points in between. Most of us know not ... Read full review

Contents

Single Color Combinations
25
Combinations for Sandy Soil
194
Combinations for Wet Sites
206
Garden Designs for Special Sites
218
COMBINATIONS ON THE WILD SIDE
231
Lively Meadow Perennials
242
Perennials Down by the Seashore
252
Perennial Companions for Water Gardens
262
COMBINATIONS FOR EXTRA
281
Fragrant and Evening Combinations
292
Combinations for Cutting and Drying
303
Garden Designs for Extra Fun
312
Garden Plot Plans
318
MailOrder Sources of Perennials
330
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
352
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Garden Designs for Wild Gardens
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About the author (1999)

C. Colston Burrell is the author of A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers, which won the American Horticultural Society notable books of the year award for 1998. He is also the co-author of Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials, Successful Organic Gardening: Perennials, and Successful Organic Gardening: Landscaping with Perennials. He is a garden designer, writer, photographer, and the owner of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which is located near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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