Flower gardening A practical guide to creating colorful gardens in every yard

Julie Bawden-Davis

Book - 2004

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Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest 2004.
Main Author
Julie Bawden-Davis (-)
Physical Description
288 p. : ill
Includes indexes.
  • The Beauty of Flowers
  • Garden Designs
  • All about Location
  • Specialty Gardens
  • Flower Arranging
  • Creating Sachets
  • Entertaining in the Garden
  • Decorating Ideas for Garden Events
  • Contemporary and Classic
  • Garden Where You Are
  • Making a Birdhouse
  • Birdhouses on a Trellis
  • Making a Bird Feeder
  • Log Planter with Bird Feeder
  • Flowers of Every Color, Shape, and Texture
  • Containers with Complementary Colors
  • Accessorizing Your Landscape
  • Flower Garden Plans
  • Greating Flower Gardens
  • Drying Flowers
  • Sites and Soils
  • Plans for Flower Beds and Borders
  • Corner Flower Bed Plan
  • Formal Rose Garden Plan
  • Layered Bed Plan
  • English Border Plan
  • Formal Mixed Bed Plan
  • Bird Garden Plan
  • Uncharted Territory
  • Vining Plants and Flower Supports
  • Construction and Planting
  • Preplanting Building and Installation
  • Raised-Bed Masonry
  • Fieldstone Planter
  • Adding Drip Irrigation
  • Adding Low-Voltage Lighting
  • Soil and Drainage
  • Planting Flowers
  • Transplanting Nursery Containers
  • Planting Seed
  • Planting Bulbous Plants
  • Casual and Formal Beds
  • Single-Species Mass Planting
  • Mixed-Species Groups
  • Flower Succession Plantings
  • Preparing Containers for Planting
  • Planting a Container
  • Bulb Forcing for Year-Round Color
  • Planting Hanging Baskets
  • Caring for Flowers
  • Proper Watering Methods
  • Using Granular and Liquid Fertilizers
  • Staking and Supporting Flowers
  • Thinning and Pinching Flowers
  • Annual and Seasonal Pruning
  • Propagating Flowers
  • Dividing and Layering Perennials
  • Collecting Seed to Share
  • Flower Pest and Disease Control
  • Applying Pest and Disease Controls
  • Encyclopedia of Flowering Plants
  • Plant Index
  • Subject Matter Index
  • Credits and Acknowledgments
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

"When you match easy-care plants with the conditions of your site, gardening becomes a cinch," writes syndicated gardening columnist Bawden-Davis in this chipper guide. Her "formula for a low-upkeep garden filled with beautiful blossoms" sweeps readers along from inspiration through planning to construction, planting and maintenance, concluding with a fully illustrated "Encyclopedia of Flowering Plants." Bawden-Davis does not approach this subject via a straight path; rather, she meanders through flower gardening's various pleasures: building a birdhouse, entertaining outdoors, creating sachets and arranging flowers. The most valuable chapters focus on dirt-under-the-nails how-to's. These sections are clear and complete enough for beginners or novices, but also offer tips, tricks and clever ideas seasoned veterans will appreciate. Abundant color photographs breathe life into key design principles; demonstrate practical, step-by-step instructions; and highlight individual plants. The text is instructive, although Bawden-Davis's tone can be breathlessly preachy. Moreover, despite Bawden-Davis's claim to the contrary, gardening is never "a cinch." Trusting readers who follow her advice will have to invest far more time and money than she suggests, or they'll "sit back and enjoy the floral show as it unfolds" surrounded by weeds. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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