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.

Gardening with Perennials

By Fern Marshall Bradley, editor

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Written by a team of enthusiastic organic gardeners, professional designers, Gardening with Perennials is a practical yet inspirational guide for perennial lovers. Whether you want to make new gardens from scratch or just add a perennial bed to your yard, you'll find great ideas for beautiful gardens and plant combinations featuring many of your favorite perennials.

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Cutting Gardens

By Anne Halpin and Betty Mackey

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One of the gardener's greatest pleasures is harvesting fragrant, colorful blossoms throughout the growing season. To bring fresh flowers indoors - with their heavenly scents, exquisite colors, and wonderful shapes and textures - is to bring indoors a little piece of paradise. Growing flowers especially for cutting is not difficult, and the range of suitable plants is surprisingly diverse, including many species of annuals, perennials, bulbs, herbs, and ornamental grasses, as well as vines, shrubs, and even trees. And there are cutting flowers that can thrive in a wide range of soil conditions.
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Bulletproof Flowers for the South

By Jim Wilson

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The former co-host of the PBS show "The Victory Garden" illustrates how to plant, grow, and care for a variety of heat-resistant Southern flowers.
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An American Cutting Garden

By Suzanne McIntire

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A veteran of meeting the challenges of gardening in the US Mid- Atlantic states, McIntire shares 200 choice plants and tips for doing the ground work and reaping the rewards of gardens that are small, shady, for fall, and/or for beginners. Appends information about growing seed under lights, volunteer plants in her garden, nursery sources, suggested reading, and a bloom chronology.

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