May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, goes the old adage. Most of us enjoy color and fragrance around, but how to enjoy that and do the work that a garden might require? Here is a selected list of titles that offers information for beginners as well as the busy. Enjoy your blooms.

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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Gardening with Jerry Baker: Year Round Flower Care

By Jerry Baker

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"Jerry Baker, America's foremost authority on lawn, garden and plant care, shows how to create an outdoor masterpiece full of rich vibrant colors that will last all season long."
This DVD includes printable tonic recipes.

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Captivating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden

By Norman Winter

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"...Norman Winter shows how to design dazzling landscapes based on colors, how to select for harmony, and how to arrange stunning contrasts. He takes the gardener through combinations of flowers, foliage, grasses, and herbs. He also guides acolytes to companion plantings for special theme gardens, such as cottage, tropical, butterfly and hummingbird, herb and edible, container, and even the new patriotic Victory Garden. Featuring over 200 color photographs, Captivating Combinations is filled with cutting-edge ideas for the gardener working with superior varieties found at today's progressive garden centers.

"Winter, a revered garden guru, discovers the choicest selections for the home landscaper. Some of these exotic and unusual flowers come from places such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, and the Mediterranean, but others are native plants. This plant selection guide is ideal for gardeners who want to select varieties that not only provide the best value but also offer sizzle and performance within the style and conditions of a particular location. In this book, Winter explains how to transform a landscape into a garden by combining plants with attention-getting beauty in mind."

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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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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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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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Rodale's No-Fail Flower Garden

By Joan Benjamin, editor

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"A new guide guarantees success for beginning or experienced gardeners with do-it- yourself techniques, more than fifteen outstanding, low-maintenance garden designs, and a color photo section that shows gardeners potential color combinations in advance."
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Potted Gardens

By Rebecca Cole

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A revolutionary new voice in gardening shows how anyone, regardless of experience and previous success, can create beautiful and unusual gardens using any plants and any containers.
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No Garden? No Problem! Design and Planting Ideas for the Smallest of Spaces

By Michael Pilcher

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If you would love to grow plants but you don't have a garden, this book is for you... . Even the smallest, darkest corner can be turned into a mini garden with some clever planting. Walls can be decorated with style and festooned with colorful flowers while balconies, terraces, basements and even front doorsteps and flights of stairs can become green oases in which plants thrive and people can relax outdoors.
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Green Places in Small Spaces

By Kerwin Fischer

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A wonderful volume for the novice gardener providing clear instructions on everything from evaluating your space and purchasing tools to garden design and seasonal tasks. Replete with luscious photographs of plants suitable for smaller and container gardens....
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