Tough Plants

Tough Plants

Unkillable Plants for Every Garden

Book - 2003
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Few gardens have perfect growing conditions. Invariably there is a corner that is too shady, windy or dry. The solution: a tough plant! One that will shrug off the worst conditions, often thrive despite them.

Tough Plants is an easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide to more than 100 virtually unkillable plants for the garden -- whatever the growing conditions. The extended back flap of the book can be used as a quick reference to identify the symbols used throughout the book, identifying whether a plant is ideally suited for a particular situation, microclimate, or soil type.

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An extensive directory with more than 100 plants chosen for their ability to survive difficult conditions, while adding beauty and color to the garden Assessing and improving a garden Matching plants to garden conditions Understanding soil and microclimates created by sun, shade, and wind Caring for plants in tough situations Suggestions on where, how and what to plant Dealing with damp or dry conditions, sun or shade Practical tips on getting started, planting, routine care, and weed control.
Publisher: Toronto : Firefly Books, 2003
ISBN: 9781552975268
Characteristics: 144 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Wooster, Steven


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Jan 17, 2012

Tough Plants: Unkillable Plants for Every Garden by Sharon Amos
This is a relatively small book but it packs a lot of information, much of which isn’t new to most gardeners but may be to the novice: how to prepare a bed for planting; how to amend soil so that it’ll be more to your plants liking.
And then comes the meat of this book: the plants that can’t be killed. For the veteran gardener many of these may be old friends: Hens and Chicks; Cranesbill; Dead Nettle to name but a few. And then there are others with which we may not be quite as familiar: Persicaria affinis (Snakeweed); Climbing Hydranea; and Galium Odoratum. And then some surprising plants: Baby Cyclamen; Scotch Thistle; and Hosta “Big Daddy”.
For each of the Unkillables there is a colour mug shot; their habit; a summary of their cultural needs and dislikes; hardiness information.
For the novice gardener this should be an extremely useful resource; useful to the intermediate gardener as a look-see to dig up plants he or she may have overlooked. Especially therapeutic on a nasty winter days.

Feb 01, 2009

The one thing I liked about this book is it's palnt directory. Granted, the list is not exhaustive, but the auther does point out some plants that I was unaware of. A good book overall.

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