Perennials can make a stunning statement in your yard, if you know how to combine and arrange them. In The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer, Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra offer expert advice on how to create gorgeous gardens using these beloved plants. They explain how to choose perennials that suit your site, and combine well with each other, by paying attention to color, shape, size, and texture. They also offer down-to-earth design solutions for 20 specific types of gardens, including a low-maintenance garden, a more complex container garden, a formal border, and a cottage garden. Whether you are breaking ground for a new garden, or revitalizing an existing bed, The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer can help you achieve great results, year after year.
Stephanie Cohen has received awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Perennial Plant Association, and in 2000 she was named Garden Commentator of the Year by the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.read more
Reviews for The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer
The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer, by Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra, is a great resource for gardeners looking for design ideas, whether for creating a new garden space or renovating an existing space. The strength of this book lies in two areas: the sample designs with plant lists, and the detailed descriptions of two new gardens put in by the authors themselves.The sample designs are well done, and I really love the long description of what the design is attempting to accomplish. Additionally, each design in accompanied by a description of the plants used and alternatives are given for almost every plant. I also liked the sections in which Cohen and Ondra describe new gardens that they each put in. They tell the readers what worked, and why, and more importantly, what didn't work, why it didn't work, and what they did to improve the original plan.read more
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