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Perennials for Midwestern Gardens: Proven Plants for the Heartland

By Anthony W. Kahtz

Make your next garden easy, elegant, and error-free when you design it with plants in this book.

Iowa Horticulturist

Gardeners everywhere want to grow perennials. But with its hot, humid summers and often bitterly cold winters, the Midwest presents a formidably challenging climate. This book provides concise, experience-tested information about popular perennials — including herbs, ornamental grasses, and bulbs — that can be grown successfully throughout a wide range of the midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

From the unusual yellow-edged, mahogany-red disk-shaped flowers of Ratibida columnifera (Mexican hat) to the demure charm of Sisyrinchium angustifolium (blue-eyed grass), beautifully illustrated descriptions also tantalize with perennials that deserve wider appreciation for their superb garden qualities.

In all, more than 400 plants are recommended, grouped into 140 main descriptions arranged alphabetically by botanical name. Each entry gives the plant's common name and describes its flowers, leaves, habit, soil and sun or shade requirements, propagation, insect and disease problems, outstanding cultivars and similar species, recommendations on where to use it, and other plants that will complement it. An easy-to-use box at the beginning of each description summarizes key characteristics.

Native midwesterner Anthony Kahtz holds a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Illinois. His plant selections are based on his many years of professional and personal experience, and represent perennials noteworthy both for their ornamental features and for the ease with which they can be grown. This trustworthy guide will be an indispensable aid to gardeners in America's heartland who seek to make their time in the garden easier and more fun.

Media reviews

"Make your next garden easy, elegant, and error-free when you design it with plants in this book. Perennials for Midwestern Gardens is a detailed encyclopedia that takes the guesswork out of perennial plant selection."

—Sydney Everhart, Iowa Horticulturist

About the author

Anthony W. Kahtz

Anthony Kahtz holds a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Illinois, and has gardened around the world. He has published articles in American Gardener, and has lectured at the American Society for Horticultural Science and the Southern Nursery Association.

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