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When Perennials Bloom: An Almanac for Planning and Planting

By Tomasz Aniśko

A book that is destined to become a perennial itself, for it unlocks in a practical way one of the hardest aspects of garden design: figuring out which perennials bloom when, exactly.

Washington Post

Large plantings of perennial flowers can cost tens of thousands of dollars in large gardens or public parks. Even smaller-scale designers and landscapers can't afford to guess wrong when setting up flower beds that have to look their best on cue. This is the only book available to provide an authoritative, deeply researched guide to flowering time for more than 450 perennial flowers. No designer, landscaper, or public garden can afford to be without it. When Perennials Bloom is based on groundbreaking research on the exact bloom time of particular flowers from around the world — from Moscow to Missouri. Organized alphabetically by flower and including detailed charts and graphs, this book presents a system to predict the groupings of flowers that will reliably bloom at the same time. Introductory chapters explain the seasonal development of various perennial plants, the response of plants to weather conditions, and basic concepts of phenology — the timing of natural phenomena. Detailed descriptions illustrated with stunning photographs, recommendations for garden use, analysis of bloom times, and graphs showing month-by-month bloom time round out this comprehensive title. Whether you're a home gardener who wants to plan an effective perennial border or a nursery, design, or landscape professional whose career survival depends on a plant's peak display, you will find this carefully compiled book to be an indispensable tool.

Media reviews

"Books providing detailed, first-hand information about perennials are a rare treat for the serious gardener, and this one does so generously."

—Mick Evans, Gardens Illustrated

"A book that is destined to become a perennial itself, for it unlocks in a practical way one of the hardest aspects of garden design: figuring out which perennials bloom when, exactly."

—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"We hear all the time about planning the perennial garden so that something is in bloom all the time. [This book] removes any guesswork. ... A valuable reference for garden pros and avid amateurs."

—Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star

"A great resource for figuring out which plants will bloom together."

—Stephanie Bruner, Des Moines Register

"With this book you're sure to have a garden in bloom from spring to fall."

Garden Gate

"Gardeners will appreciate the sections that detail blooming patterns, especially in Longwood Gardens and gardens in Chicago and St. Louis, and several foreign gardens as well. This is a wonderful book for winter planning."

—D.H. Pfister, Choice

"Makes the daunting task of planting for season-long color almost a snap. This is a great gift for any gardener with a passion for perennials. ... Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs ... this one's an indispensable tool for the home gardener and nursery, design, and landscape professionals."

—Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News

"Serious gardeners might be downright excited about this book, which bills itself as an almanac for planning and planting. ... If you're planning to put in a new perennial garden or want to reach the holy grail of gardening — season-long color — you might want to pick up a copy."

—Connie Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Excellent reference work with great close-up plant images."

—Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun

About the author

Tomasz Aniśko

Tomasz Aniśko is curator of plants at the internationally renowned Longwood Gardens. A Polish native, he holds a master's degree and a doctorate in horticulture, and has collected plants for Longwood Gardens on 17 international expeditions.

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