Perennial gardening can be easy, fun and rewarding, especially when you have this beautifully illustrated guide at your fingertips. With detailed accounts of 84 different perennials, along with information on 681 recommended varieties and cultivars perfect for Michigan gardens, this book takes the guesswork out of perennial gardening. The authors' common sense and garden wisdom will help you transform any patch of ground --wet or dry, sunny or shady, lakeside or inland--into a spectacular garden you can enjoy year after year:
* Flower and foliage colors * Height and spread ranges * Blooming periods * How and when to start your plants * Planting strategies * Light, water and nutrient needs * Choosing the best perennials for different growing conditions * Over 500 color photographs.
Brand: Lone Pine Publishing
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I don't believe I've ever seen a gardening book where the information was as well-organized as it is in "Perennials for Michigan." Often books of regional interest are thrown together and published on the cheap, but this book is tightly-bound, full of color illustrations, and above all, well written. And it's really about Michigan climate and Michigan soils. Someone didn't just go through and change, say 'Iowa' to 'Michigan' with a word processor, then rename the book. The authors make a point of informing the reader which perennials are native to Michigan--another bonus. The best varieties for a particular garden are also described, e.g. the 'Gardenview Scarlet' variety of Bergamot resists powdery mildew more effectively than some of its relatives. The book begins with a pictorial guide called "The Flowers at a Glance" where photographs of the perennials are listed in alphabetical order, by common name. There is a no-nonsense introduction to...
This is an absolutely invaluable reference guide for the Michigan gardener. It gives lots of suggestions of the different perennials that thrive in Michigan and has LOTS of pictures to show you what type of plant you're looking at. I use it very frequently.
As a devoted gardener, who just moved up north to "Pure Michigan", this book is just what I needed. It is an invaluable help in figuring out what plants will do well in your part of Michigan and includes a helpful micro-climate map of the state. It has already spared me making a number of rookie mistakes. I turn to it each time I sit down to do garden planning or visit a greenhouse.
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