Growing Pains: Time and Change in the Garden
In the last twenty years, more Americans have begun more ambitious gardens with less information and less help than at any time in the last two centuries. Little wonder that many of us are suddenly feeling the need to reassess our gardening and our gardens. This gracefully written, endlessly informative book shows us how our gardens grow and change over time and how we grow and develop with them. Patricia Thorpe addresses those passionate gardeners who are just beginning to realize how much they still have to learn. This is the first book to describe, in a light but no-nonsense tone, what happens to a garden after it has been growing for several years. Learn how to cope with instant-gratification overplanting, which can look good for two years and terrible for the rest of your life; deal with border burnout; and find out why perennials may not be the plants of your dreams. Do a plant postmortem to figure out why some die and others survive, even when you wish they wouldn't. Consider, possibly for the first time, some of the ecological questions that face gardeners today. And discover on every page the wealth of plants you could be growing as well as the unexpected ways you could be using them.
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You probably have enough good-sized shrubs in against your house to
landscape another garden. One landscape designer told me: "I could have a
business making gardens out of overcrowded foundations — I wouldn't even
need a nursery.
The tall bearded iris are sensational used in great numbers all together, rather
than mixed here and there with other perennials. When you started out, you
probably didn't have enough of any one plant to think of turning a whole bed over
to it, ...
Our intervention will determine how much of it survives and what direction it takes
in the future, but some of our plant material is probably prepared to go on without
us if necessary, and some of it has plans for the future we may not anticipate.
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Few gardening books mention, let alone concentrate on, the growth that is the essence of gardening. Thorpe helps the gardener confront "mid-life crisis'' in the garden-one that like its creator seems ... Read full review