The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques

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With more than 130,000 copies sold since the original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. In this expanded edition more than 200 color photographs have been added, showing perennials in various border situations and providing images for each of the entries in the A?Z encyclopedia. In addition, there is a new 32-page journal section with room to enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performance of perennials in your own garden. Thousands of readers have commented that The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is one of the most useful and frequently consulted books in their gardening libraries. This new, expanded edition promises to be an even more effective ally in your quest to create a beautiful, healthy, well-maintained perennial garden.

Customer Reviews:

  • the well-tended perennial garden
    The book is great, however I WILL NOT buy from this vendor again, due to poor quality control issues. The book arrived with a hole in the back and the vendor wanted me to pay to return it. The vendor tried to tell me I could return it at my cost but this damage was their problem and they did the damage. this is not acceptable....more info
  • new edition even better
    The previous edition has been my bible for several years. I refer to it more frequently than any other publication or website. The new edition looks even better. Can't wait for spring!...more info
  • best garden book
    This is one of the best garden books I have ever read or used.
    A great help to gardeners!...more info
  • Fabu!
    Great overview of perennial care. Easy to read. Great pruning, growing, staking, fertilizing, and overall care tips. Great for novice to expert gardeners. ...more info
  • Excellent on techniques for Perennials. Buy It.
    I am exceptionally pleased that 'The Well-Tended Perennial Garden' has gotten as many favorable reviews as it has, since I suspect it's charms and offerings are just a bit more subtle than your average glossy oversized gardening book. It is essential that you pay attention to the subtitle, as this is a book specializing in teaching us about setting up and planting perennials, and less about choosing or matching or even weeding perennials (the author does not like to weed!). If you flip through the book, you may be put off by the lack of illustrations accompanying the text. While I'm not a big fan of pictures in cookbooks, unless it's discussing a specific technique, I sort of miss them in gardening books. This volume is economically done, with all the glossies in a central rotogravure section. This is ok, because the real meat is in the lessons on planting and pruning. The only place I really miss them is in the encyclopedia of perennials, which is less a true comprehensive encyclopedia than a dictionary of pruning techniques by species. The final two appendices on plant maintanence schedules and lists of plants by care technique may be worth the price of the book for serious gardiners. This is easily the most useful book I've read on perennials....more info
  • Valuable for Perennial Gardeners
    A wealth of info for those who love perennial gardening. I only wish it included shrubs as well! ...more info
  • A wonderful book I refer to it constantly
    I bought this book for my Mother-in-law and she wrote 'The information is set out in a concise format which is easily referenced. It is packed with information to help you get the most from your perennials. It is a wonderful book and I refer to it constantly.'
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  • Well Tended Perennial Garden
    Great much information. Well organized and easy to use. Seller was quick with professional delivery. Much appreciated!...more info
  • The Gardening Book I Recomend to Everyone !!!!!!!!!
    I love this book! I have both editions. What I like most about it is that new gardeners can learn some crutial skills right out the chute and experienced gardeners will learn new ways to care for their perennials.That is whay I recomend it to everyone when I give gardening lectures. Tracy has truly improved on this title with the release of the expanded version. I love the lists in the back of the book and the alphabetical encyclopedia. The fact that a lot of the info in her book is based on her experience in her own gardens and clients' gardens is important to me. Truly a book to add to your gardening library....more info
  • The most helpful gardening book I've ever seen
    The way this book is layed out is great and makes it easy to find the info you are specifically looking for quickly. It uses both common and scientific (Latin?) names, which is a good feature in my book (no pun intended!) It has a very concise section on when & what to deadhead, and what to cut down at the end of the season and what not to (and why). Also covers the usual - bed prep, plant division, diseases & pests, etc. but in a very common sense way that makes you feel like you can't go wrong as long as you have this book to reference. I have seen this book recommended by many people on The Garden Web site, so I was confident in buying it but it is even better than I anticipated. ...more info
  • Great for beginners
    This is a great book for plant and flower geeks that want to learn more! Easy to read, easy to understand, and loaded with invaluable information that is wonderful. I highly recommend it for learning more on how to care for your own garden. ...more info
  • Beyond the usual information for garden maintenance
    This book has changed my gardening experience! It provides so much more information regarding maintenance techniques that it enables the gardener to have options in how the plants develop, grow and bloom. Concise yet thorough information makes this book a bible for the home and professional gardener....more info
  • Very helpful
    I have only had this a few weeks but already have referred to it many times. It gives very practical information in a forthright manner. Definitely a great addition to my gardening library....more info
  • Perennial Favorite about Perennials
    I work as a perennial salesperson in a large, family-owned garden center in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Any time a customer asks for a book on perennials or gardening in general, I always recommend this one.

    It provides a wealth of general gardening information on soil preparation, watering, diseases, pruning techniques and more. The plant encyclopedia section is the most valuable part of the book. In it, Ms. Aust discusses the most widely available and popular perennials individually and in detail. For each plant, there is a picture next to which she lists the latin name, the common name, the light, water and soil requirements, the height, width and bloom-time. After those details are presented, she discusses when to prune, cut back, dead-head, divide and fertilize that plant. She has gathered this information over a lifetime of gardening experience.

    The appendix of the book contains many valuable lists of plants under headings such as "Plants to Pinch for Height Control" or "Clay Busters". I can't imagine selling perennials to others or tending to my own garden without this bible.

    One complaint that customers have mentioned to me about this book (after I have recommended it)is that Ms. Aust uses the Latin nomenclature for everything. This was intimidating to me at first, too. I had to learn the Latin for my job as a perennial salesperson so I was forced to "embrace" it. I am glad that I did because it makes reading a book like this easier. My advice to anyone interested in gardening: learn the Latin! It's intellectually challenging and fun. It will open up a wide world of plants to you. Carpe diem!...more info
  • A classic
    As the creator of a now three year old garden of shrubs, bulbs and perennials, I got this book just in time for the pruning lessons, but sadly too late for the soil preparation lessons!
    I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to move beyond the glossy magazine spreads and into the realm of truly effective techniques that do require hard work, but that also have long-term results....more info
  • Excellent
    I have been gardening for 30 yrs and this is the first book that has all the info needed in one place. In the past I have had to search many different books for the answers to some of my gardening problems. Thanks to Tracy for answering a gardener's prayers. I also bought a copy for a good friend is just started in gardening, she was thrilled. Thank You!...more info
  • a great gardening book
    I have hundreds of gardening books, old and new. This is one of the best ones I have. It is full of helpful information. I would recommend the book to anyone who wishes to have a ".....well-tended perennial garden."...more info
  • Love it love it love it!
    Very informative and easy to read. I read the whole thing from cover to cover. Divided into sections, making it easy to use for reference. If you have only one book about gardening in your library, make it this one!...more info
  • There should be 6 stars for this book.
    If you can only afford one gardening book this year this is the one to spend your money on. It isn't often that I find a gardening book that is truly enjoyable to read all the text the author has provided.

    She is candid in what works for her and offers dozens of truly usable tips. The photography is superb.

    I've been carrying it with me everywhere I go so I can read more (or again) if I have a few minutes to wait....more info
  • An excellent reference
    This book came highly recommended to me by garden friends. I've been gardening for some time but have just really gotten into perennial gardening. The answers to my questions are right here. What, when and how to 'deadhead', plant, move and prune. Plus some excellent techniques that I have yet to try, but I know work well for other experienced gardeners....more info
  • Extensive list of plants
    This book has taught me many things I did not know about cutting back perennials, methods for avoiding staking, and producing healthy foliage throughout the season. The book is organized with general information followed by an alphabetical list of hundreds of plants. They are listed by their Latin name but are cross-referenced with their common name in the index. Each description includes the zone, common name, family, description, size, exposure, and flowering period. The description is especially useful if searching for a specific cultivar, especially because the author recommends different pruning techniques for various cultivars. She also indicates good plants for "beginner" gardeners as well as what she terms "high maintenance plants" and indicates methods for creating a successful garden before anything is even planted. At the end of the book she offers a valuable schedule for the growing season. This book is different from most pruning books in that it only discusses plants, no trees or shrubs. The photographs are not of glorious gardens to make one drool, they are more illustrative of pruning techniques. A wonderful book, my garden is already the better for it....more info
  • Complete instructions for most perennials
    This book tells you what and when to do things to most perennials. It has made me a much better gardener and made my garden look better. I loved it so much that I bought a copy for my Sister-in-law.
    I recommend it for gardeners on all levels....more info
  • Garden lover's delight
    I love this book! It is as beautiful as it is informational. It is delightful to read to the work of a master who can convey her heart as well as her technical skills. I am pleased to add it to my gardening book treasures. ...more info
  • Boils It All Down and Makes It Easy
    It's been a long time since I've picked up a garden book and read it cover to cover. This one did the job. We design gardens for a living and frequently need a comprehensive guide to let clients tailor their garden maintenance. From installation through customizing maintenance techniques for individual species this book does it all....and well....more info
  • Own A Perennial - You Need This Book
    All gardener have questions. This volume is your answer....more info
  • A pick for any who want more depth than the usual light perennial gardener's title
    The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques is a pick for any who want more depth than the usual light perennial gardener's title includes, and appears here in an expanded version reflecting years of study on how to care for perennials to make them a showplace. The author reveals tricks to achieve this goal which have been honed over decades of gardening experience: a monthly planting and maintenance schedule accompanies lists of plants for specific conditions which require different levels of care, while over 200 color photos added here display the perennials to their best advantage and includes a new journal section for notes.

    Diane C. Donovan
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  • Great How-to!
    This book is a great source of detailed information about the best ways to maintain perrenials. Offers more than you get on the plastic container tags! Many suggestions for care throughout the growing season and preparations for wintering....more info
  • Everything you needed to know!
    This book was fantastic. I told me everything I needed to know; when to prune, how to prune, how to divide the plants, deadhead or not. It was concise and well organized. It's a great reference book that I will hold onto for many years....more info
  • no title
    Excellent book. I bought it as a Christmas present having bought a copy for myself several years ago....more info
  • A must-have !
    Highly recommended book !! I refer to it ALL the time! Very helpful info on whether to cut back in fall or spring, what will rebloom if pruned, low-maintenance plants, etc. Has an encylopedia on a limited number of perennials, but buy this book for the basic info on planting, pruning, and general maintenance and you will not be disappointed....more info
  • The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques
    The book is truly a gardener's bible for perennials. This edition is even better than the first edition as it includes many more ideas, techniques and information on gardening with perennials. I love the book and would recommend it to anyone who is considering perennials in their gardens....more info
  • Great Resource
    I am in agreement with all of the other very positive reviews on the "Well Tended Perennial Garden", this has quickly became my new bible on perennials. The writer is very knowledgeable and opinionated; though at times her personal tastes on plants come through loud and clear. Though there were some instances when I strongly disagree with her, for instance her view on irises not being worth the effort, but that did not take away from the usability of this book.

    The Encyclopedia of Perennials is a great resource, one place that you can go for information on a plant including not only the usual details regarding size, exposures, zones etc but also details on how to prune, the level of maintenance you should expect and related plants.
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