Format: Softcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Inc., 1991
In the last few decades, North American gardeners have expressed enormous enthusiasm for growing herbaceous plants. With our increasingly sophisticated understanding of the art and science of gardening, herbaceous perennials are no longer the lost chord of American horticulture.
There is now a strong interest in perennials indigenous to North America. These long-forgotten natives, along with a proliferating number of plants from elsewhere in the world, have expanded our palette beyond recognition. We are able to create a broad range of horticultural wonders, from cottage gardens and prairies to city rooftops and rock gardens, without having to roam the world looking for those hard-to-find plants. They are now growing in our nurseries and public gardens, and even in our own backyards.
Within these pages is a wealth of information from growers and designers throughout the country. All are enthusiasts, many are obsessive in their passion. These gardeners write of spring in Massachusetts, summer in Georgia, and fall in Pennsylvania. They describe plants growing in the Rocky Mountains, the coastal reaches of California and the grasslands of Minnesota. They tell you of the fun of designing borders, the delight of container gardening, and the pleasure of ornamental herbs.