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Perennial Ground Covers

By David S. MacKenzie

Makes finding original groundcovers easier.

National Gardener

Ground covers take on new meaning in this enlightening book designed to make gardeners' work easier. Hostas, stonecrops, smaller rhododendrons, prayer plants, pyracanthas, box huckleberry, hellebores, daylilies, grasses, alpine willows, and unsupported climbing vines are just some of MacKenzie's imaginative suggestions. Even Gunnera manicata, a 6-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide plant, is suggested for some situations!

Media reviews

"Makes finding original groundcovers for large areas with contrast in leaf shape and sizes that go along with companion planting for your landscape easier ... excellent for the amateur or the experienced gardener."

National Gardener

"If I need to plant a large section of groundcover among Japanese maples and I want something more interesting than the old standbys, I can pick up Perennial Ground Covers, by David MacKenzie, page through excellent pictures, and find a plant that I had forgotten or never thought would work."

—Donna Williamson, HortResources Newsletter

"Perennial Ground Covers ... makes lawns seem a dull waste of space, and will expand your mind as to what constitutes a "ground cover.""

—Ann Milovsoroff, Pappus

"This book is a keeper for any gardener already 'into' perennials. It's also a must-read myth-buster for anyone considering the plunge, whether starting from scratch or switching from annuals."

—Lillian Rodberg, Garden Solutions

"This is the book to have if you want all kinds of information about such an array of plants."

—Marty Figley, Michigan Observer and Eccentric

"Moves from shade to sun, makes lawns seem a dull waste of space, and will expand your mind as to what constitutes ground cover."

—Ann Milovsoroff, Pappus

"MacKenzie covers all the basics."

—Karin E. Guzy, Perennial Notes

"It's definitely worth having on your shelf ... MacKenzie's book invites gardeners to color outside the lines, get ready to paint the ground with swaths of texture, and maybe even replace some lawn."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

About the author

David S. MacKenzie

David S. MacKenzie owns and operates Hortech, a wholesale nursery in western Michigan that specializes in perennial ground covers, vines, and ornamental grasses. An accomplished photographer, lecturer, and writer, David has been hybridizing and researching ground covers for more than two decades.

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