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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques (Expanded Edition)

By Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Perfect for the entry-level gardener, this practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice for good growing.

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With more than 180,000 copies sold since its original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, in this expanded edition, there's even more to learn from and enjoy.

This is the first, and still the most thorough, book to detail essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and deadleafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated. More than 200 new color photographs have been added to this revised edition, showing perennials in various border situations and providing images for each of the entries in the A-to-Z encyclopedia of important perennial species. In addition, there is a new 32-page journal section, in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performance of perennials in your own garden.

Thousands of readers have commented that The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is one of the most useful and frequently consulted books in their gardening libraries. This new, expanded edition promises to be an even more effective ally in your quest to create a beautiful, healthy, well-maintained perennial garden.

Media reviews

"Number one on my list of must-read gardening books because it takes the mystery out of how to become a first-class perennial gardener."

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

"A practical book filled with the details of how to care for perennials. ... Perhaps the most useful section is that of lengthy lists in the back that help you determine which perennials you do and don't want to grow, depending on your tolerance for maintenance and where you live, and which perennials are deer-resistant, have seedheads that attract song birds, are short-lived, need deadheading or lots of other categories thought up by this walking encyclopedia of a perennial expert."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"A really helpful book."

—Helen Yemm, Daily Telegraph (London)

"The best book about growing perennials. Ms. DiSabato-Aust does an excellent job of describing the information needed to have a beautiful, healthy perennial garden."

—Cheryl Cadwell, Newport Daily News

"There's a whole book about perennial garden maintenance, Tracy DiSabato-Aust's hugely popular The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, which I highly recommend."

—Jane Milliman, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"[A] first-rate how-to guide that deserves a place in every gardener's library. ... [One of] the 10 best books of the year."

—Steve Whysall, Winnipeg Free Press

"Her original version published in 1998 took the garden world by storm. ... Though it might not seem possible, the expanded version is even better."

—Jody Headlee, Oakland Press

"Should be for gardeners what Joy of Cooking is for cooks: every new gardener gets a copy and learns from it over a lifetime."

—Patricia Jonas, Plants and Gardens News

"Well worth revisiting, with more than 200 new photos and a 32-page journal section in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performances of perennials in your own garden."

—Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Perfect for the entry-level gardener, this practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice for good growing."

Real Simple

"An excellent resource for planting and maintaining perennial gardens. ... Will serve novice and experienced gardeners alike. ... The pièce de résistance is an A-to-Z encyclopedia of perennial species, their bloom times and maintenance needs, which, alone, makes this the one book you should keep handy to consult throughout the year."

—Jessica Damiano, Newsday

"The must-have book on perennial care, species-by-species."

Buffalo News

"An excellent book that details when and how to transplant/divide perennials."

—George Weigel, Harrisburg Patriot-News

"[A] wonderful perennial-maintenance book."

—George Weigel, Harrisburg Patriot-News

"Well worth the read, this is a good book for anyone who has a perennial garden or anyone thinking of installing one."

—Thomas Mickey, Seacoast Home & Garden magazine

"A revision of a favorite. ... With more photographs, it is a powerful reference book that is fun to read."

—Jack Kerrigan, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"With more than 200 new photographs and a maintenance journal to keep track of your own planting and pruning, it falls into both the pretty and practical categories."

—Irene Virag, Newsday

"This book possesses so much good information, presented in a clear, readable manner, that you might just start to see pruning, deadheading and other routine tasks as fun. ... The most valuable section is an encyclopedia of perennials that includes information about hardy perennials."

—Nancy Brachey, Charlotte Observer

"As always with DiSabato-Aust, the fine writing of this remarkable horticulturalist and teacher makes the text informative and readable."

—Renee E. D'Aoust, Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly

About the author

Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Tracy DiSabato-Aust has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States and abroad with more than 35 years in the industry and is a gifted and award-winning designer who combines artistic vision with practical horticultural strategies.

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