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Perennials for every purpose : choose the right plants for your conditions, your garden, and your taste
Hodgson, Larry.
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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ix, 502 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
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SB434 .H64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB434 .H64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB434 .H64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB434 .H64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening
SB434 .H64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The title says it all-- there really are perennials for all of your gardening sites and needs. Whether you have a shady spot or want a plant that attracts birds, Perennials for Every Purpose features plants that are perfectly suited to your needs. Author Larry Hodgson expresses his passion for perennials with hands-on advice and tell-it-like-it-is descriptions. Larry never gives up on a plant until he has learned its strengths and weaknesses, and he delivers his hard-won secrets in this book.

Author Notes

Larry Hodgson is a well-known garden writer, lecturer, and media personality. He is a regular contributor to gardening magazines like Horticulture , Harrowsmith , and Canadian Gardening , and he has authored several successful books, including Houseplants for Dummies , and co-authored others such as All About Perennials .

Larry's a favorite on the lecture circuit for gardening groups in the United States and Canada, and he can be seen on French-language television, both as a host and as a guest. He is a former editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine , and a radio garden commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is also a gardening columnist for the Internet site He leads garden tours all over the world, visiting public and private gardens on various continents.

Larry lives with his wife and children in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, just outside Quebec City. He studied at the University of Toronto and at Laval University, where he earned a degree in modern languages. In his spare time (he swears he has a bit every now and then), Larry volunteers for various gardening organizations and appears in community theater productions for the Quebec Art Company.

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Booklist Review

Hodgson, author of 11 previous gardening books, begins with advice on creating and designing a perennial garden and then presents seven garden layouts. He gives instructions on keeping plants healthy, with tips on staking, watering, deadheading, and controlling pests and disease. The bulk of the book contains chapters on various kinds of perennials--long looming, spring blooming, summer blooming, fall blooming, no care, low care, drought resistant, and water loving. Also included are perennials that bloom in the shade, perennials with "fabulous" foliage, perennials and grasses for dramatic impact, and perennials that attract birds and butterflies. There is a detailed profile of vital statistics, growing tips, suggested companion plants, and what the author calls problems and solutions for each plant that Hodgson recommends--and it is a long list. There are 300 color photographs in this comprehensive guide to growing perennials. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hodgson's (Ortho's Guide to Successful Houseplants) comprehensive guide covers every possible situation and condition any gardener of perennials in any climate might encounter. The information is all here in well-organized and easily accessible chapters, enlivened by Hodgson's breezy style. He discusses the usual soil, space and light requirements and offers suggestions for selecting perennials while also alerting readers to elements of color, texture and form. The book is divided into chapters devoted to perennials that are ever-blooming; spring, summer or fall blooming; no-care or low-care; drought-tolerant or water-loving; shade loving; those with fabulous foliage or that make a dramatic impact. (This latter includes ornamental grasses, which are beginning to achieve landscaping star status.) There is even a chapter covering perennials that attract birds and butterflies. Each chapter devotes an entire page to the personality of a specific perennial, along with an invaluable "good neighbor" section detailing appropriate companion plants. The random inclusion of "Fun Facts" (scabiosa, for instance, is reputed to cure scabies) adds a bit of whimsy, and an appendix of USDA climate and heat zones, botanical name derivatives and sources for quality perennials complete this quality book. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Canadian garden writer and lecturer Hodgson is true to his book's title, covering quite a lot of ground in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner. Preliminary chapters cover the basics such as getting started, creating a design, and keeping plants healthy. The highlight, however, is the 14 chapters that profile perennials that can be used in unique situations (e.g., dry, wet, sunny, shade, easy-care). Each plant profile includes a photograph, a sidebar listing plant characteristics, and informative paragraphs detailing good companion plants, problems and solutions, and the top performers and recommended varieties for each plant. Other "extras" include a beautiful section of seven garden designs, a glossary of the meanings of botanical names, plant sources, and the American Horticultural Society Heat Zone Map. This hefty book delivers in each aspect and should be a welcome addition to all gardening collections.√ĄPhillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.