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Annuals for every purpose : choose the right plants for your conditions, your garden, and your taste
Hodgson, Larry.
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Emmaus, PA : Rodale : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin's Press, [2002]

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ix, 406 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm
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SB422 .H64 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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SB422 .H64 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening
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Annuals are very much back in style after the decades-long perennial revolution. You see annuals in every garden, with the old-fashioned flowers still among the most popular. With new varieties being launched every year and older ones (many dating back more than four or five years) disappearing just as quickly, gardeners need help sorting them out. Author Larry Hodgson tells you what to look for among the numerous new introductions: greater adaptability to growing conditions, longer period of bloom, improved insect and disease resistance, and more--everything, in fact, that you need to know to make growing annuals both simple and fun. You'll discover:

How to cut back tired annuals, like sweet alyssum, to get them to rebloom even more intensely than before.

How to save money by taking cuttings of so-called "designer" annuals, using one plant to create many.

All about overwintering numerous "annuals" that are really tropical perennials.

Which cool-loving annuals you can sow in the fall so they can sprout when the conditions are perfect the following spring.

Simple tricks that make designing with annuals a snap.

And much, much more!

You'll find annual gardening has never been easier--or more exciting--than when you have Annuals for Every Purpose as a handy reference.

Author Notes

Larry Hodgson is a well-known garden writer, lecturer, and media personality. He is a regular contributor to gardening magazines such as Horticulture, Harrowsmith, and Canadian Gardening, has authored several successful book. 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 several Internet sites, including 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 of Quebec City. He studied at the University of Toronto and Laval University, where he earned a degree in modern languages. Always involved in every aspect of gardening, Larry volunteers for various gardening organizations and is presently national director for Region VII of the Garden Writers Association of America. In addition, he finds enough spare time to appear in community theater productions for the Quebec Art Company

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From choosing seeds to grooming and fertilizing, veteran gardening writer Hodgson (Perennials for Every Purpose) guides readers through the making of an annual garden. He explains what to look for at the nursery, how to design with annuals and how to keep plants blooming all summer long. True to its title, the book includes encyclopedic listings of annuals suited to every imaginable whim, whether gardeners want their flowers to bloom in the shade, attract birds and butterflies, hang in baskets or make pleasing dried arrangements. Hodgson's entries include growing tips for each plant, potential problems and quirks, and suggestions for "good neighbors" to plant beside it. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

A letter from Larryp. viii
Part 1 Annual Gardening Made Easyp. x
Getting Your Garden Startedp. 2
Annuals and Their Place in the Gardenp. 3
Preparing the Sitep. 3
Starting from Seedp. 4
Multiplying by Cuttingsp. 7
Planting Annuals in the Gardenp. 8
The Container Optionp. 8
Picking the Perfect Annualsp. 10
What Is an Annual?p. 11
10 Things to Look For in an Annualp. 12
A Note of Cautionp. 13
Buying Annualsp. 13
Buying Smartp. 15
Designing with Annualsp. 16
Design Basicsp. 17
Beyond "Borders"p. 18
The 10 Commandments of Annual Designp. 19
Garden Designs with a Purposep. 19
Keeping Annuals Alive and Kickingp. 28
Back to Basicp. 29
The ABCs of Groomingp. 30
Water Wiselyp. 31
Fertilizing for Good Growthp. 32
Overwintering Annualsp. 32
Know Thine Enemiesp. 32
Part 2 Choosing the Best Annualsp. 36
Multipurpose Annualsp. 38
Annuals to Sow Directly Outdoorsp. 70
Drought-Resistant Annualsp. 96
Annuals for Cool Conditionsp. 126
Annuals That Bloom in the Shadep. 150
Low-Growing Annuals for Beautiful Bordersp. 172
Giants for the Back of the Gardenp. 192
Climbing Annualsp. 214
Annuals for Cut and Dried Arrangementsp. 242
Annuals with Decorative Fruits or Foliagep. 278
Flowering Annuals for Containers and Hanging Basketsp. 304
Foliage Annuals for Containers and Hanging Basketsp. 332
Annuals for Bees, Birds and Butterfliesp. 362
Acknowledgmentsp. 390
Photo Creditsp. 390
Sourcesp. 391
Recommended Readingp. 392
Indexp. 393
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Mapp. 406