Fallscaping Extending your garden season into autumn

Nancy J. Ondra

Book - 2007

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Published
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub c2007.
Language
English
Physical Description
240 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9781580176811
158017681X
9781580176804
1580176801
Main Author
Nancy J. Ondra (-)
Other Authors
Stephanie Cohen, 1937- (-), Rob Cardillo
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gardens in fall are often deemed the poor stepchildren of their showier spring and summer counterparts, and there is simply no good reason why this should be the case. With their dazzling foliage colors, vivid blossoms, and tantalizing berries, fall gardens abound with sensory treats. In their engrossing and enthusiastic look at the marvels of autumn gardening, renowned garden writers Ondra and Cohen reveal the wealth of suitable and stunning plants destined to be the stars of any garden setting. Profiling trees and shrubs prized for their brilliant foliage, ornamental grasses treasured for their ethereal seedheads, and hardy bulbs cherished for their surprising versatility, Ondra and Stephanie Cohen encourage gardeners to think beyond the traditional chrysanthemum/aster/goldenrod garden palette. With helpful sidebars covering such topics as invasive species and debris disposal; full-color illustrations of inventive planting designs for dozens of landscape challenges; and a comprehensive, basic care primer, Ondra and Cohen's vibrant and authoritative guide is a must-have resource for those wishing to maximize their garden's potential. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Garden writers Ondra and Cohen (Perennial Gardener's Design Primer ) team up again to bring excitement and fun to fall gardening. Though many of us do not specifically plan for autumn gardens, the authors remind us that long-blooming perennials, hardy bulbs, showy seedheads and berries, and late-flowering trees and shrubs are some of the key players that combine with multiseason plants to create bursts of color that last from the spring through the "dog days" of summer and into the crisp, cooler fall. Interspersed throughout the book are full-color spreads, both photos and drawings, that vividly illustrate "Fall Techniques," with practical advice for taking cuttings and saving seeds, creating new garden sites, and using your autumn garden to provide supplemental food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Ten well-designed garden plans with shopping lists cover a range of color themes and growing conditions while demonstrating variations on putting together the ideas and suggestions that the book offers. The crown jewel of this book is the culminating "Fall Garden Care Primer" and calendar, listing helpful tips for evaluating your garden; improving the soil; planting, transplanting, and propagating plants; preparing gardens for winter; and maintaining garden tools. This book will likely fill a gap in many library gardening collections and will be a good addition to specialized and public libraries.—Eboni A. Francis, Ohio State Univ. Libs., Columbus [Page 108]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Pennsylvania gardeners Ondra and Cohen (Perennial Gardener's Design Primer ) bring imaginative ideas, practical techniques and new inspiration to autumn, that often-neglected tail end of the gardening year. According to the authors, the "key players" of "fallscaping" include the multicolored foliage of trees, grasses and other plants; flashy seedheads and berries; long-blooming perennials; late-blooming sedums, coneflowers, asters and goldenrod; the surprising fall-blooming crocuses, daffodils and lilies; and vines like honeysuckle and sweet autumn clematis. Ondra and Cohen submit a number of fall-friendly garden plans, complete with shopping lists, from a "high and dry" garden of echinaceas, lavenders and feather reed grass to a vegetable, herb and flower kitchen garden of peppers and basils (to be brought inside before cold weather) and kale and chard (to carry the harvest into winter), with colorful touches of alpine strawberries, sunflowers and pansies. Interspersed throughout are "Fall Techniques," with practical, down-to-earth information on how to divide perennials and design suggestions on planning paths, as well as more wacky ideas like spray-painting seedheads. The book ends with a "Fall Garden Care Primer," delineating ways to evaluate your garden, improve your soil, build new beds, take cuttings, prepare plants for winter, store your tools and care for your lawn (a long section). Full of useful details and lush photographs, this book rounds out the growing year and may fill a gap in many a gardening library. (Aug.) [Page 51]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explains how to transform an autumn garden with an array of flowers, foliage, berries, and seedheads, in a handbook that demonstrates how to achieve three-season garden color, describes dozens of plants that can bring life to a late-season garden, and presents ten complete garden plans that deliver multi-season appeal and cover a range of growing conditions and color schemes. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

With much general information on the garden in fall, including tips on dividing, deadheading, and planning for fall color, this volume will appeal to the gardener looking for some general ideas rather than specific designs and pairings. Several thought-provoking "shopping lists" are provided for specific design areas, such as borders, fall colors, and side yards. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Embrace the jewel-toned fruits, flaming foliage, and woody plants of the fall garden. Landscape designers Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen offer practical design ideas, plant advice, and 10 complete garden plans in this autumnal gardening guide. Ondra and Cohen’s expertise is complemented by stunning color photographs that illustrate the beauty and variety of this often overlooked gardening season. You’ll be inspired to use vines, tree shrubs, and flowers to contribute color, texture, and beauty to your garden well past summer’s peak.