May Flowers

The Container Gardening Encyclopedia

By Sue Phillips

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This is a great introduction to container gardening. Whether you have lots of time to tinker with your garden or only a few minutes to spare, your efforts will be amply rewarded.
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The Flower Gardener's Bible: Time-tested Techniques, Creative Designs, and Perfect Plants for Colorful Gardens

By Lewis and Nancy Hill

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"...written with wit and authority by Lewis and Nancy Hill, who share both their joy in growing flowers and more than 75 years of combined experience. This new primer is both painstakingly thorough and stunningly photographed. It covers every facet of growing perennials, annuals, bulbs, wildflowers, small trees, vines, and shrubs for season-long color and beauty. It is organized in three sections, and the first focuses on the basics - choosing the right varieties for your zone and type of garden, and planning and planting for maximum impact. The second section presents plans for 25 distinctively themed gardens. And finally, a photographic encyclopedia of more than 400 species includes detailed descriptions of each plant - garden uses, susceptibility to pests and diseases, propagation methods, and more."
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Water

By Susan McClure

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Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, Water covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.
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Xeriscape Gardening

By Connie Lockhart Ellefson

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"Surely this is a concept whose time has come nationwide, given the recent droughts in the Northeast and South, in addition to an ongoing water crisis in the West. Garden writer Ellefson, landscape architect Stephens and water management expert Welsh take the reader firmly by the hand and concisely explain how to conceive, design and install a Xeriscape home landscape anywhere in the country."
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