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How to prepare a garden bed

March 2, 2017

A few basic steps should be followed to ensure successful bed preparation. Let’s look at some key elements: (1) testing the soil; (2) eliminating perennial weeds; (3) making sure the soil drains well, yet is able to hold water and nutrients; (4) providing sufficient organic matter in the soil.

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The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden: One gardener’s story

May 1, 2014

Timber Press marketing manager Kathryn Juergens needed an inexpensive, low-maintenance solution to a problematic area of her yard, the little sliver between her and her neighbor’s driveway, a wasteland of boring rocks and ugly shrubs. Inspired by Roy Diblik’s The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, she decided to give his system a try. Kathryn offered to […]

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Beat the heat with waterwise plants

July 17, 2012

With record-breaking temperatures clobbering gardens across the country it’s only natural to consider adding more drought-tolerant plants. But what exactly makes a plant waterwise? Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden define it this way: A waterwise plant is one that, when new, requires one inch of water (rain or irrigation) every week through the first […]

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Head on a swivel: My garden tour

March 16, 2012

Garden writer Benjamin Vogt opened his home garden to visitors during the Wachiska Audubon Society 2011 Garden Tour last summer. Today, he talks about the exciting–and sometimes stressful–experience of sharing your garden with others. It’s Sunday morning, Father’s Day, and already at 8am, three hours before the opening, it’s as muggy as an ocean. I couldn’t […]

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10 things I hate about your yard: Part two

January 26, 2012

Today, we’re posting the second part of a two-part series from garden writer C.L. Fornari! She discusses the 10 biggest garden pet peeves that she sees in her neighbor’s landscapes. You can visit her on her blog, Whole Life Gardening. Don’t miss Part One from yesterday! 6. Bad Neighbors Some plants can’t live together. It’s not that […]

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Free-Range Chicken Gardens: Chicken-resistant plants

January 18, 2012

Chicken-Resistant Plants What about beautiful plants for our gardens that are chicken-resistant? Chickens simply avoid many ornamental plants. Of course, there will always be exceptions with animals, because they have different taste preferences and attitudes. Chickens usually do much more damage with their feet than with their beaks, and often they ignore plants altogether. As […]

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Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens

September 28, 2011

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is one of our new releases for September. I’m very excited to share some photos from the book with you! In recent years, gardeners have faced increased water-use restrictions, and it’s not limited to dry-climate areas like the Southwest. There are restrictions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. […]

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Congratulations, Adrian Bloom!

August 4, 2011

Timber Press author Adrian Bloom has been awarded the Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence for Industry Achievement. Throughout his long career, Adrian has been a dedicated advocate for perennials and investor in the best plants available. He comes from a family of gardeners and uses his knowledge to promote premium plants: Adrian has educated the […]

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Armitage’s Garden Perennials, Second Edition

July 11, 2011

We’re excited to announce the release of Armitage’s Garden Perennials: Second Edition, Fully Revised and Updated by Allan M.  Armitage. Originally published in 2000, Armitage’s Garden Perennials quickly became a garden-shelf classic. Beloved for its well-edited plant selection and Armitage’s trusted advice on choosing and caring for the best plants, Booklist named it “an essential addition to gardening collections.” […]

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Nonstop Garden

May 12, 2010

“Nonstop gardens are better gardens because they require less maintenance, provide continual beauty, allow more creativity, and encourage diversity.” So say authors Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner in their forthcoming book, The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs. This book is almost ready make its debut — so we […]

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