Start a Perennial Garden
We all love perennial gardens and the gorgeous
abundance of flowers
they deliver. And I've decided to share some of the grower tricks of
the trade I use to start my perennial garden. These are the gardens
some pictures used in my paper-based Perennials for All Season book and
across my websites.
I've broken down the secrets to success and written them here without a
lot of excess words that are used to pad out regular garden books.
Forget the theory, these are practical tips.
This is what you need to know to get a perennial garden up and running
- not to mention creating a gorgeous look for your home.
The beginning is really the most important part of the book. Get your
soil right and the perennial garden will grow. Mess it up and you'll
have problems. If you've been reading my columns and blogs, you'll know
that my first year in the new garden wasn't pretty because of the soil
problems (heavy, lumpy clay) that existed in my garden area. I'm having
to do all the things I write about here so these aren't fanciful
instructions - they're the stuff of making your garden work.
I"m a Lazy Gardener with lazy-gardener techniques
But because I'm a lazy gardener, I not only give you the best system
called double digging (I use this on some of my beds) but I also give
you the easy but slow method (I use this on other beds) I use to make
great garden soil. The slow method is just that - slow. But it works
and I don't have to bust my back to grow a decent perennial garden.
I've also included tips and techniques for easy planting, easy feeding
and easy watering techniques. There is little sense working too hard on
these things if there is an easier method. I also include the most
important tips on perennial garden maintenance and weeding.
Many beginning perennial gardeners obsess over overwintering their
plants. That's partly because they've purchased the wrong plants for
their gardens so I've included a discussion on what is a garden zone
and how nurseries label their plants. I tell you which garden zone
plants you can definitely grow and which ones you'll kill.
Getting More Plants for Free
Because some of the nicer plants come with a hefty price tag, it is a
fundamental gardening skill to be able to propagate your own
perennials. This ebook describes in practical detail how to start
perennials from seed (including the most common tip from other
gardeners to ignore), how to produce plants from cuttings (ever seen a
plant at a friend's place you'd love to have?) and division (you'll
need this in your own garden by year two).
Can't Fail Garden Design
One of the main sections in this ebook is letting you know how to
design a perennial garden such that it blooms all summer long. Using a
series of diagrammes, you'll see how to design a garden in bloom from
spring until fall. You don't have to be a garden designer to use these
simple techniques but you will soon be if you follow these simple
Garden centers sell plants based on what's in bloom at the moment and
some of those flowers are forced along to be in bloom when you visit
rather than when they'd normally bloom in your garden. These same
garden center staff often don't know much more about perennials than
you do so deciding what to grow can be a major adventure.
Not only does the ebook tell you about zones and how to identify plants
that will succeed in your garden, but it also tells you how to identify
the light level in your own garden. Do you have shade or part shade? Is
your garden a sunny one even though the garden gets morning shade? The
diagramme in the book answers these questions.
Tough No-Nonse, Best Perennials
And to top off the book, I've described (with pictures) the five
toughest plants for the sun and five toughest plants for the shade
You'll be able to grow these unless you live in a very, very cold
garden (or a very hot tropical one)
In short, this ebook gives you a blueprint for creating a summer-long
blooming garden and the techniques you'll need to keep it healthy and
And all of this for less than the price of one of the fancy perennials
you'd like to be able to have flowering in your garden.
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