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Annuals with style : design ideas from classic to cutting edge
Ruggiero, Michael, 1946-
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Newtown, Conn. : Taunton Press, 2000.
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234 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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This is the only guide to annuals a gardener needs. It delivers professional growing hints for more than 70 essential annuals, design ideas for beds, borders and containers, and gardener-friendly advice on creating an inspiring home garden with individual style.

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Booklist Review

In an introductory chapter, the authors explain what annuals are--from both a botanist's and a gardener's point of view. They offer information on designing a garden using containers, window boxes, and a trellis as well as one in beds and borders and under shrubs and trees. The authors offer tips on a variety of basic garden styles--formal and informal--and on the use of color and foliage. They tell how to purchase plants, start a garden from seed, and acquire annuals from cuttings. A chapter on planting and caring gives detailed information on assessing a site, testing soil, fertilizing, transplanting, weeding, watering, deadheading, and staking. There is a list of 70 "essential" annuals--both traditional and varieties--with instructions for growing. There are 300 color photographs and 33 black-and-white line drawings. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

The New York Botanical Garden's Ruggiero and author Christopher (The 20-Minute Gardener) team up to illustrate the versatility, ease and rewards of using annuals in the garden. From such old standbys as pansies and petunias to more flamboyantly tropical options such as Caladium and Amaranthus, the authors discuss various annual plantings--in mixed plantings, in containers, as quick-growing vertical accents, as "plugs" to fill in gaps where more short-lived perennials have bloomed and faded or as "featured players." The snappy prose is alight with humor (on scaling down the showy Victorian carpet bed for today's staff-less home gardens, for instance, the authors note "think prayer rug rather than wall to wall"). While they are both clearly knowledgeable plantsmen, the authors take equal delight in focusing on more lighthearted displays ("We've seen a dozen football helmets upended, filled with potting mix, and hung in a row to make an annual garden in Texas") as they do on elegant mixed borders. The reader-friendly layout includes helpful sidebars and glorious photos. This book is ideal for beginners, yet seasoned gardeners should enjoy the fresh spin on an often overlooked subject. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Just as interest in annuals resurges this season, Ruggiero, a garden designer for the New York Botanical Garden, and Christopher (The 20-Minute Gardener) have teamed up to produce a guide to planting and enjoying them. Similar in presentation and arrangement to Marjorie Mason Hogue's Amazing Annuals (LJ 5/1/99) and Graham Rice's Discovering Annuals (LJ 6/15/99), this book traces the history of annuals and offers design ideas and instruction on the various methods of propagation. It also covers planting and care, weed prevention, and garden layout. The last third of the book is an encyclopedia of 75 essential annuals. Each entry, which includes a photograph and a list of important facts (height, spread, propagation tips, cultivation needs, and pests and diseases), highlights what makes that plant special and suggests how to use it in a garden. An appendix lists plants tolerant of heat and humidity and shows which annuals have adapted to hot, dry climates. The entire book is lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs. For public libraries.--Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.