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Gardening with Perennials Month by Month (Second Edition)

By Joseph Hudak

When first published nearly 30 years ago, Gardening with Perennials Month by Month sparked a renaissance of perennial plants in American gardens, a trend that continues to this day. The revised and expanded second edition, now in paperback, describes the monthly blooming schedules and growing requirements of virtually every type of garden perennial. Over 700 species are documented, with over 400 lavish color photos. Providing a wealth of practical information to both the amateur and the professional perennial gardener, this classic work continues to be one of our most popular books.

Media reviews

"Provides practical information ... for both the amateur, garden club member and the professional perennial gardener."

National Gardener

"A classic for those who design perennial garderns."

Boston Globe

"I highly recommend this book to anyone designing perennial gardens or including perennials in the landscape."

—Bobbie Schwartz, Buckeye

"This book is a real asset for those who design perennial gardens and a great resource for selecting sequential bloom."

—Petra McLean, Plant Master

"Joseph Hudak presents in a unique format the blooming time of every plant in a monthly calendar organized by the color of the flowers ... a gardener can browse forever in this book."

—Virgil Rupp, East Oregonian

"An excellent resource for beginners or experts."

—Ann Milovsoroff, Pappus

"A practical perennial guide for North America, giving the monthly blooming schedules and growing requirements of more than 700 species."

National Council of State Garden Clubs Book Reviews

"An extremely useful reference."

American Cottage Gardener

"If you’ve ever wished you had a comprehensive guide to what will bloom when, then this is the book for you."

Manitoba Gardener

"Considered a classic in American garden literature."

Gardener's Gazette

"An especially informative book for the flower gardener."

Vermont Country Sampler

"Completely revised, updated, and expanded. This is one of the best special plant books."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A comprehensive listing of over 700 species with detailed horticultural advice."

Library Journal

"He (Joseph Hudak) knows his sugject through and through and writes with economy and absolute clarity ... it is brilliant ... makes the book worth the price."

—Sydney Eddison, Fine Gardening

"The task of designing a butterfly and/or hummingbird garden just got much easier, thanks to Gardening with Perennials Month by Month."

Cyberbugs Minibeast e-Magazine

"Updated and expanded ... has provided the gardening public with a valuable resource for creating or updating a perennial garden."

—Sandra J. Sandefur, Perennial Notes

"No wonder our gardens look so good; sharing all that knowledge has paid off in garden treasures day-by-day."


"Hudak's vivid descriptions, clear horticultural advice and honest assessment of the plant's performance and problems give us gardeners firm foting in the often slithery slopes of plant selection."

—Mina Otis, Westwood Press

"One of the best resources you can turn to for guidance in choosing perennials for sequential bloom is Gardening with Perennials Month by Month, in a recently revised, updated, and expanded edition from Timber Press."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"This book is the most practical hardy perennial guide in North America."

—Victoria Z. Lang, Breaking Into Print

"Gardening with Perennials Month by Month provides the gardener, amateur or professional, with an invaluable planning tool besides being a useful reference book."

—Rosemary Thodey, New Zealand Gardener

"This is one book that most gardeners would welcome in their library."

Brockton Enterprise

About the author

Joseph Hudak

Joseph Hudak was the plant materials instructor for twenty years in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and also taught at the Radcliffe Seminars Program. He serves as Landscape Design Advisor for the National Garden Clubs and received the Meritorious Service Award for lifetime achievements from the American Horticultural Society. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Mr. Hudak is also the author of Design for Gardens.

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