The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs

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Timber Press, 2010 - Gardening - 248 pages
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With hectic lifestyles and busy schedules, people are finding it more and more appealing to enjoy their leisure time at home rather than packing their bags in search of peaceful retreats. But how can they confidently create a garden retreat? By following Cohen and Benner's trusted advice and building a nonstop garden, they'll have more creative planting options, a garden that provides year-round interest, and - most importantly - a yard that requires less maintenance than a traditional perennial border.

The Nonstop Garden gives gardeners all the information they need to create a productive, beautiful garden from the ground up. This easy-to-use guide is split into four main parts: the nuts and bolts of designing a mixed garden, the garden's main attractions (trees and shrubs), the garden's supporting cast (bulbs, annuals, edibles, and vines), and finishing touches (ornamentation, containers, and garden structures). The Nonstop Garden also includes ten fail-safe design plans that can be incorporated into any garden. Gardeners can choose from a native garden, a scented garden, a gold-colored garden, a garden for wet sites, a vibrant-colored garden, a cool-colored garden, a winter garden, a shade garden, and a design plan for the daunting area known as the hellstrip. Building a better, smarter garden has never been so much fun.
 

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Review: The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs

User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

A very good resource book for keeping gardens interesting even in winter. I got several good ideas from it and continue to consult it when making new gardens or redesigning old ones. Read full review

Review: The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs

User Review  - Tracy - Goodreads

Essential resource for me in 2013. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
8
Introduction
10
The Nuts and Bolts
13
The Main Attractions
31
Garden Designs
44
The Supporting Cast
95
Finishing Touches
173
Peak Performance at a Glance
223
Conversion Tables
229
Hardiness Zones
230
Glossary
231
References and Resources
233
Garden Credits
237
Index
238
About the Authors
248
Copyright

Invasive Plants
227

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Stephanie Cohen is a columnist for fine Gardening and taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for more than twenty years. Her earlier book, The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer, won a 2006 Silver Award from the Garden Writers Association.
Jennifer Benner has worked in nursery production, garden design, installation, and management. A former associate editor of Fine Gardening, she is currently a freelance writer, photographer, and horticultural consultant.

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