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Continuous bloom
Duthie, Pam, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Batavia, Ill. : Ball Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xii, 328 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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SB434 .D88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A guide to keeping a perennial garden in bloom from April through October, this book provides all the information a gardener needs to grow beautiful flowers. Detailed information includes descriptions of flowers, bloom length, light and soil requirements, care, propagation, and potential problems.

Author Notes

Pam Duthie is owner and president of The Gifted Gardener, a landscape design and consulting firm

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Library Journal Review

Cleverly arranged by month of blooming time, Duthie's book covers 272 perennials, including traditional perennials and selected bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs. Each "plant portrait" provides the scientific and common names of the plant; details of its flower, foliage, care, uses, and propagation; plants to combine it with; and problems, insider's tips, and a good color photograph of the perennial. One drawback is that while the author provides the USDA zone(s) where each perennial does best, no map of all USDA zones is included in the book itself. Libraries needing a good, basic guide to perennials should first consider Larry Hodgson's Perennials for Every Purpose (LJ 12/99), which covers almost three times the number of plants as Duthie's book and offers more information on them. Public libraries in USDA zones four through eight may want to consider Continuous Bloom as an added title, especially if the subject is popular with your patrons.--John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Achieving Continuous Bloom in the Gardenp. xi
Chapter 1 March: The Emerging Garden: Hope Springs Eternalp. 1
March to Aprilp. 2
Chapter 2 April: Daffodils and Wildflowersp. 7
Aprilp. 8
April-Mayp. 9
April-Junep. 30
April-Septemberp. 38
Chapter 3 May: The Merry Month As the Profusion of Flowers Growsp. 39
Mayp. 40
May-Junep. 41
May-Julyp. 84
May-Augustp. 90
May-Octoberp. 93
Chapter 4 June: The Profusion Doublesp. 105
June-Julyp. 106
June-Augustp. 133
June-Septemberp. 150
June-Octoberp. 161
Chapter 5 July: The Fireworks of Daylilies in the Sun and Astilbes in the Shadep. 175
July-Augustp. 176
July-Septemberp. 207
Chapter 6 August: Hot Colors Add to the Sizzle of Summerp. 231
August-Septemberp. 232
August-Octoberp. 256
Chapter 7 September: Back to School: Learn to Extend the Bloom into Fallp. 273
September-Octoberp. 274
Chapter 8 October: It's No Trick--Glorious Grasses and Late Bloomers Are a Treatp. 281
October-Novemberp. 282
And What's Still Blooming?p. 286
Chapter 9 November--The Last Hurrah!p. 287
Chapter 10 Who Stops Gardening in Winter?p. 291
Chapter 11 Nitty-Gritty Tips for Good Garden Carep. 295
Appendix A Colored Foliage Bridges the Seasons of Bloomp. 303
Appendix B Hostas by Color of Foliagep. 305
Appendix C Popular Mail-Order Astilbes: A Guide to Color, Height, and Bloom Timep. 307
Appendix D Select Daylilies: A Guide to Color, Height, and Bloom Timep. 309
Appendix E Perennials Least Affected by Deer- and Rabbit-Browsep. 311
Appendix F A Few Mail-Order Catalogsp. 315
Appendix G Plant Societiesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 319
Botanical Name Indexp. 321
Common Name Indexp. 325