510 pages, 624 colour photos, 469 b/w illustrations
Large plantings of perennial flowers can cost tens of thousands of dollars in large gardens or public parks. Even smaller-scale designers and landscapers can't afford to guess wrong when setting up flower beds that have to look their best on cue. This is the only book available to provide an authoritative, deeply researched guide to flowering time for more than 450 perennial flowers. No designer, landscaper, or public garden can afford to be without it. When Perennials Bloom is based on groundbreaking research on the exact bloom time of particular flowers from around the world – from Moscow to Missouri. Organized alphabetically by flower and including detailed charts and graphs, When Perennials Bloom presents a system to predict the groupings of flowers that will reliably bloom at the same time.
Introductory chapters explain the seasonal development of various perennial plants, the response of plants to weather conditions, and basic concepts of phenology – the timing of natural phenomena. Detailed descriptions illustrated with stunning photographs, recommendations for garden use, analysis of bloom times, and graphs showing month-by-month bloom time round out this comprehensive title. Whether you're a home gardener who wants to plan an effective perennial border or a nursery, design, or landscape professional whose career survival depends on a plant's peak display, you will find this carefully compiled book to be an indispensable tool.
"Serious gardeners might be downright excited about this book, which bills itself as an almanac for planning and planting. [...] If you're planning to put in a new perennial garden or want to reach the holy grail of gardening – season-long color – you might want to pick up a copy."
– Connie Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2008-11-14
"Makes the daunting task of planting for season-long color almost a snap. This is a great gift for any gardener with a passion for perennials. [...] Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs [...] this one's an indispensable tool for the home gardener and nursery, design, and landscape professionals."
– Nancy Szerlag, Detroit News, 2008-12-06
"We hear all the time about planning the perennial garden so that something is in bloom all the time. [This book] removes any guesswork. [...] A valuable reference for garden pros and avid amateurs."
– Jo Ellen Meyers, Sharp Indianapolis Star, 2008-12-06
"A book that is destined to become a perennial itself, for it unlocks in a practical way one of the hardest aspects of garden design: figuring out which perennials bloom when, exactly."
– Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 2009-01-15
"Excellent reference work with great close-up plant images."
– Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun, 2009-01-03
"Gardeners will appreciate the sections that detail blooming patterns, especially in Longwood Gardens and gardens in Chicago and St. Louis, and several foreign gardens as well. This is a wonderful book for winter planning."
– D.H. Pfister, Choice, 2009-05-01
"Books providing detailed, first-hand information about perennials are a rare treat for the serious gardener, and this one does so generously."
– Mick Evans, Gardens Illustrated, 2009-06-01
"With this book you're sure to have a garden in bloom from spring to fall."
- Garden Gate, 2009-11-01
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Tomasz Aniśko is curator of plants at the internationally renowned Longwood Gardens. A Polish native, he received his master's degree in horticulture from the August Cieszkowski Agricultural University in Poznań , Poland, and then journeyed westward to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he earned his doctorate in horticulture. After a sabbatical at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley and an internship at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Tomasz dedicated his career to public horticulture. He now occupies himself with more than 11,000 different types of plants on over 1000 acres at Longwood Gardens, and has collected plants on 17 expeditions across the world. Tomasz has published over 80 articles in English and Polish periodicals including Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Physiologia Plantarum, HortScience, The Green Scene, Erica Polonica (where he serves as associate editor), Kwiaty, and Ogrody. His scientific interests range from plant propagation to stress physiology.