Most people love the idea of a beautiful garden but quickly tire of the almost constant maintenance many plants seem to require. To prevent your garden oasis from becoming a patch of unending drudgery, you need to select plants that are appropriate to your specific conditions and are in themselves strong and low-maintenance. CARE-FREE PLANTS can help you transform your gardening dilemmas into gardening dreams.
Section One helps you to match plants with specific planting conditions. If you have a shady nook that gets some light, look up “Plants for Filtered Light.” You’ll find easy-to-follow explanations of the conditions that produce filtered light and how that differs from partial shade. You’ll also find successful to make the most of the area in question, a roots-eye view of soil preparation, and lots of plant suggestions, both singly and how to group them for the best effect.
Section Two offers an A-to-Z listing of over 200 hardy plants. There are explanations on how to use each plant in a landscape design, descriptions of varieties of the plant, hardiness and soil preferences, and suggested light. You’ll also find a handy Fundamental Facts chart for each plant listing its attributes, seasons, favourite varieties, quirks, good neighbours, where it grows best, longevity, potential problems, and how to rejuvenate older plants.
Between these two sections, you can’t go wrong! But to doubly ensure your garden success, there’s also a “Calendar of Care” that details seasonal maintenance to keep your garden gloriously care-free.