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Gardeners agree that a successful summer garden means planning during the winter. Experience has taught them that good gardens don't come together by accident. First, some pencil work must be done on snowy evenings in front of the fire. If sweat equity has been a yearly problem for you in your garden, these books will help reduce or eliminate it by giving you options, techniques, and gardening wisdom which will put you back in control. The key is planning.
If you've read Janet Macunovitch's weekly column "Growing Concerns" for the Detroit News or read any of her garden books, you know that she offers a wealth of gardening information to new and experienced gardeners alike. Her latest book, Caring for Perennials, is a practical guide for getting your money's worth out of the plants that are the backbone of any garden. Her book explains how to care for your perennial garden or mixed border throughout the four seasons of the year-something most books don't do. But the books offers much more:
It's organized by seasons and clearly explains what you should, must, or might do with your perennials.
It gives you management strategies employed at some of the best botanical gardens.
It offers care charts for 130 perennials.
It shows illustrative line drawings and photos.
Planning is everything in gardening. Macunovich shows you how planning will help you create an attractive perennial garden with less work than you might imagine-an average of one hour per month per 100 square feet. This book should help you get a jump on the gardening season.
Reviewed by Pat Regel.