Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition by Mike HegerGrowing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition by Mike Heger

Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition

byMike Heger, Debbie Lonnee, John Whitman

Paperback | April 1, 2011

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Revised and updated, this all-in-one guide designed for northern-tier gardeners from coast to coast features:

• more than 2,000 varieties proven to thrive in cold climates• five-star ratings to help you choose top-performing perennials
• new selections of varieties with variegated or brightly colored foliage
• new mail-order sources for hard-to-find varieties of each plant
If you are a gardener and winter temperatures in your region can dip below –20 degrees, this is the one guide you need. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Growing Perennials in Cold Climates is an excellent resource for selecting, siting, planting, and maintaining perennials that flourish in northern climates. This expanded edition identifies the fifty most popular perennial groups, offers in-depth information on wild and cultivated varieties best suited to cold climates, and rates more than 500 of the choicest plants. In addition to the plant data, this book includes a concise course in perennial gardening, from preparing a site and buying potted perennials to composting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, staking, deadheading, pruning, protecting plants in winter, companion planting, and dealing with disease and insect problems. Owning this guide is like having a professional gardener at your side every step of the way. Written to make even the most sophisticated aspects of growing perennials easy to understand, this book will be indispensable to novice and advanced gardeners alike.

Mike Heger, co-owner of Ambergate Gardens in Chaska, Minnesota, is one of the leading experts on gardening in cold climates.Debbie Lonnee, a thirty-year veteran of the nursery industry, works for Bailey Nurseries in Newport, Minnesota. She is a prolific garden writer and lecturer and the horticultural editor for Northern Gardener. John...
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Title:Growing Perennials in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 10.62 × 8.5 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816675880

ISBN - 13:9780816675883

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful Reference Book This is an excellent reference book for any gardener in zone 4 or below. It cites the best type of perennials to plant, the best performing varieties and how to care for them in a colder climate zone. I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-04-21

Table of Contents

The Perennials by Common Name
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Major Perennial Groups
Part I. The Most Popular Perennials
1. Individual Listings
Achillea
Aconitum
Alchemilla
Aquilegia
Artemisia
Asclepias
Aster
Astilbe
Baptisia
Campanula
Chelone
Chrysanthemum coccineum (see Tanacetum)
Chrysanthemum corymbosum (see Tanacetum)
Chrysanthemum morifolium (see Dendranthema x grandiflora)
Chrysanthemum x rubellum (see Dendranthema species)
Chrysanthemum x superbum (see Leucanthemum-Superbum Group)
Chrysanthemum weyrichii (see Dendranthema species)
Cimicifuga
Clematis
Coreopsis
Delphinium7
Dendranthema x grandiflora
Dendranthema species
Dianthus
Dicentra
Doellingeria
Echinacea
Euphorbia
Eurybia
Ferns
Filipendula
Geranium
Grasses
Heliopsis helianthoides
Hemerocallis
Heuchera
Hosta
Hylotelephium
Iris (Bearded)
Iris(Siberian)
Lamium maculatum
Leucanthemum-Superbum Group
Liatris
Lilium
Lysimachia1
Monarda
Narcissus
Nepeta
Oenothera
Paeonia
Phlox
Platycodon grandiflorus
Pulmonaria
Rudbeckia
Salvia
Sedum
Symphyotrichum
Tanacetum
Thermopsis
Tradescantia
Tulipa
Veronica
Part II. The Basics of Growing Perennials
2. Understanding Perennials
How perennials grow
Buying perennials
3. Selecting and Preparing a Site
Soil and Light
Soil and Moisture
Spacing
Companion Planting and Good Design
4. Planting Perennials
Buying Bare Root Plants
Planting Bare Root Perennials
Buying Potted Perennials
Planting Potted Perennials in the Garden
Planting Potted Perennials in Large Pots
Transplanting
5. Caring for Perennials
Water
Mulch (summer)
Fertilizing
Weeding
Staking
Deadheading
Pruning
Winter Protection
6. Solving Perennial-Growing Problems
Diseases and Insects
Marauders
7. Propagating Perennials
Sexual Propagation
Asexual or Vegetative Propagation
8. Special Uses for Perennials
Cut Flowers and Foliage
Dried Flowers, Foliage, and Seed Heads
Perennials as Food
9. Tools and Supplies
Glossary

Editorial Reviews

"Owning this guide is kind of like having master gardener at your side every day." —The Phoenix Spirit