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By W. George Schmid

Discovering an array of special and various vegetation for color may appear like a frightening job, with constrained ideas to be had to the gardener. coloration perennial specialist W. George Schmid dispels this notion in his new encyclopedia. This companionable reference presents details on greater than 7000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, from Acanthus to Woodwardia — a few new to horticulture, others unjustly missed, yet all superbly suited for the colour garden.

Schmid has in the back of him a part century of functional gardening event, horticultural schooling, and broad go back and forth staring at color perennials of their local habitats; readers are hence taken care of to either invaluable turning out to be suggestions and his own institutions with the vegetation. The professional textual content is rounded out with 500 lovely colour photos, many taken by means of the writer himself.

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I now use peat moss sparingly, usually in wildflower beds. Where good, loamy topsoil already exists naturally, only small amounts of organic amendments are required. Some experimentation may be necessary to find the best formula. Just as a garden cannot be made in one day, development of its soil base takes some time to accomplish. When large quantities of amendments are required, economics may also play a decisive role. When it comes to a decision of buying either soil amendments or plants, the amendments should come first, because if the plants are not given correct soil conditions, they may die anyway.

Also, some perennials grow rapidly, and a few are sensitive to potting and dislike being confined in such way. I have kept some perennials, including hostas, in pots for up to eight years without ill effect, but inevitably, potted plants must be set free and their usually crowded, rootbound underpinnings released. This creates additional work, but dividing for increase can be accomplished at the same time, making the effort worthwhile. For me, one of the most practical aspects of pot culture is the ability it gives me to experiment.

In gardens where existing shade trees bring trouble, plant a shield of leafy, understory trees, such as redbud (Cercis canadensis) or flowering dogwood, so that the fall of some objects tumbling down from greater heights can be blocked or broken to some extent. I use this method at Hosta Hill. But remember: while the flowering dogwood will shield leafy plants like hostas, partially at least, from falling objects, it may itself present a hazard. Indeed, the shady garden is not without conflicts and troubles!

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