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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ground Covers

By David S. MacKenzie

This pocket guide is small enough to tote to the nursery, and with photos on every page, even beginning gardeners will find it useful.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Weary of plain green turf grasses, boring brown wood chips, and high-maintenance yards, creative gardeners and homeowners are turning to colorful, reliable ground covers. Through their versatility and ease of maintenance, these plants substantially increase our enjoyment of the landscape while simultaneously smothering weeds. Ground covers unify unrelated elements, soften sharp angles, create mood, alter our perceptions of space, control erosion, reduce glare, and attract wildlife. Used in public and private spaces, they also function as foundation facers, hedges, accents, or filler between patio stones. More than 1000 readily available ground covers are profiled in this guide, accompanied by 320 photos. This authoritative yet reader-friendly account of gardenworthy ground covers for temperate climates is a valuable complement to MacKenzie's encyclopedic Perennial Ground Covers and a handy reference to take to the nursery or garden center.

Media reviews

"This pocket guide is small enough to tote to the nursery, and with photos on every page, even beginning gardeners will find it useful."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"This is a concise, informative publication recommended for both the novice and the more experienced amateur gardener."

—Rachael Green, American Reference Books Annual

"David MacKenzie's top-notch expertise on groundcovers is now readily available to everyone in this handy, pocket-sized book."

—Jane Berger, Garden Design Online

"A handy, current reference for ground covers. ... I recommend it."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"David MacKenzie's pocket guide ... is an authoritative yet reader-friendly account of gardenworthy plants."

Michigan Gardener

"Mackenzie, a Michigan author and nurseryman, has put together this fantastic easy to use reference that describes more than a 1,000 perennials for those who want to create an easy-care masterpiece. Accompanied by 320 photographs, the reader-friendly text includes extensive cultivation notes along with design suggestions."

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

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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