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Title:
Taylor's guide to perennials : more than 600 flowering and foliage plants, including ferns and ornamental grasses
Author:
Ellis, Barbara W.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Physical Description:
490 pages : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780395983638
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Perennials are every gardener's favorite plants. They provide colorful flowers and leafy foliage, and, best of all, their beauty returns year after year. In this fully illustrated guide, you'll find

- The best new cultivars of the beloved old-fashioned plants of grandmother's garden

- Exciting new introductions from all over the world

- Today's popular ornamental grasses, perfect for combining with other perennials in low-maintenance gardens

- Ferns to grow among the flowers

And for every plant pictured, you'll find complete growing information as well as notes on how to propagate your own plants to fill your garden with "free" flowers.


Author Notes

Barbara W. Ellis, the former gardening editor for Rodale, is the author of Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants, Taylor's Guide to Annuals, and Taylor's Weekend Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Excerpts

Excerpts

  ACANTHUS MOLLIS Acanthus mollis Common Bear's Breech SIZE:2 1/2 feet to 5 feet Full sun or light shade Evenly moist, well-drained soil Produces spiny-toothed leaves topped erect spikes of purple-and-white flowers in late summer Zones 7 to 10 P. 229 Acanthus spinosus Spiny Bear's Breech SIZE:2 1/2 to 5 feet Full sun or light shade Evenly moist, wall-drained soil Handsome mounds of spiny-margined leaves topped racemes of purple-and-white flowers from late spring to midsummer Zones 5 to 10 P. 230 ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM Achillea `Coronation Gold' Yarrow SIZE:3 to 3 1/2 feet Full sun Average to poor well-drained soil Bears ferny leaves and 4- to 5-inch-wide mustard yellow flowers on erect stems all summer Zones 3 to 9 P. 230 Achillea millefolium `Paprika' Yarrow SIZE:2 feet Full sun Average to poor well-drained soil Features ferny leaves and flat-topped orange-red flower clusters from early to late summer Zones 3 to 9 P. 231 ACHILLEA PTARMICA Achillea ptarmica `The Pearl' Sneezewort SIZE:1 to 3 feet Full sun Average to poor well-drained soil Narrow, lance-shaped leaves and loose sprays of buttonlike double white flowers from early to late summer Zones 2 to 9 P. 231 Achillea tomentosa Woolly Yarrow SIZE:1 foot Full sun Very well drained, average to poor soil Low mounds of woolly gray-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers from early summer to fall Zones 3 to 7 P. 231 ACONITUM NAPELLUS Aconitum carmichaelii Azure Monkshood SIZE:3 to 5 feet Partial or dappled shade; afternoon shade in areas with hot summers Rich, moist, well-drained soil Bears spikes of rich violet-blue blooms from late summer through fall Zones 3 to 7 P. 232 Aconitum napellus Common Monkshood SIZE:3 to 4 feet Partial or dappled shade; afternoon shade in areas with hot summers Rich, moist but well-drained soil Produces showy clusters of dark blue-violet flowers in mid- to late summer Zones 3 to 8 P. 233 ACORUS CALAMUS Acorus calamus `Variegata' Variegated Sweet Flag SIZE:3 to 4 feet Full sun or partial shade Rich, constantly moist to wet soil or standing water Forms handsome clumps of strap-shaped leaves striped lengthwise with cream and white Zones 4 to 11 P. 233 Acorus gramineus `Oborozuki' Grassy-leaved Sweet Flag SIZE:12 inches Full sun or partial shade Rich, constantly moist to wet soil or standing water Cultivar of an evergreen to semievergreen species with clumps of glossy, grasslike leaves Zones 5 to 11 P. 233 ACTAEA ALBA Actaea RUBRA Doll's Eyes, White Baneberry SIZE:2 to 4 feet Partial shade Average to rich, evenly moist soil Native wildflower with fluffy racemes of white flowers in late spring and early summer followed clusters of white berries Zones 3 to 7 P. 234 Actaea rubra Red Baneberry, Snakeberry SIZE:2 to 4 feet Partial shade Average to rich, evenly moist soil Native wildflower with fluffy dusters of flowers in late spring and early summer followed showy clusters of round red berries Zones 3 to 7 P. 234 ADENOPHORA CONFUSA Adenophora confusa Common Ladybells SIZE:2 to 2 1/2 feet Full sun to partial shade Rich, moist, well-drained soil Bears loose panicles of bell-shaped purple-blue flowers for 3 to 4 weeks in early summer Zones 3 to 8 P. 235 Adiantum pedatum Northern Maidenhair Fern SIZE:1 to 1 1/2 feet Partial shade Moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil Produces clumps of lacy, branched fronds with shiny black stems Zones 2 to 8 P. 235 AGASTACHE CANA Aegopodium podagraria `Variegata' Bishop's Weed SIZE:1 to 2 feet Partial to full shade Thrives in any soil, but poor, dry soil is best Vigorous to invasive foliage plant grown for its three-part leaves with irregular creamy white margins Zones 4 to 9 P. 236 Agastache cana Wild Hyssop, Hummingbird Mint SIZE:2 to 3 feet Full sun or very light shade Rich, well-drained soil Bears aromatic leaves and loose 1-foot-long spikes of pink or rose-purple flowers from late summer to fall Zones 5 to 10 P. 237 AGASTACHE FOENICULUM Agastache foeniculum Anise Hyssop SIZE:3 to 5 feet Full sun or very light shade Rich, well-drained soil Bears anise-scented leaves and spikes of blue flowers with violet bracts from midsummer to fall Zones 6 to 10 P. 237 Ajania pacifica Gold-and-silver Chrysanthemum SIZE:1 foot Full sun Poor to average, well-drained soil Mounding perennial with handsome silver-edged leaves and clusters of golden button-like flowerheads in fall Zones 5 to 9 P. 237 AJUGA PYRAMIDALIS Ajuga genevensis `Pink Beauty' Geneva Bugleweed SIZE:6 to 12 inches Light to partial shade; tolerates full sun to full shade Well-drained, moist, average to rich soil Moderately spreading species with dense spikes of pink flowers in spring Zones 4 to 8 P. 238 Ajuga pyramidalis `Metallica Crispa' Pyramid Bugleweed, Upright Bugleweed SIZE:4 to 6 inches Light to partial shade; tolerates sun or shade Average to rich, moist, well-drained soil Moderate spreader with crinkled dark green or metallic bronze-purple leaves and short spikes of purple-blue flowers Zones 3 to 8 P. 239 AJUGA REPTANS Ajuga reptans `Catlin's Giant' Common Bugleweed, Carpet Bugleweed SIZE:4 to 6 inches Light to partial shade; tolerates sun or shade Average to rich, well-drained, moist soil Fast-spreading species with large spoon-shaped leaves and spikes of violet-blue flowers in late spring Zones 3 to 9 P. 239 Alchemilla alpina Alpine Lady's Mantle SIZE:6 to 8 inches Partial shade; partial to full shade in areas where summers are hot Rich, moist, well-drained soil Mounding species with deeply lobed leaves edged with silver hairs and loose sprays of yellow-green flowers in summer Zones 3 to 7 P. 240 Excerpted from Taylor's Guide to Perennials by Barbara W. Ellis Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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