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Plant Partners By Anna Kruger

Plant Partners by Anna Kruger

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In this guide, Anna Pavord selects her "star" plants - the herbaceous perennials, bulbs and annuals that no garden should be without. By giving each of her "stars" its perfect partners, she solves, season by season, the frustrating gardening problem of what to plant with what.

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Plant Partners by Anna Kruger

Herbaceous perennials are the star performers in the garden. To create maximum impact they need the right partners and knowing which plant to put with which is an art that often eludes even the most knowledgeable of gardeners. Here Anna Pavord helps solve this tantalizing problem by suggesting 60 plants that she feels deserve a place in every garden - her star plants - and two ideal partners to accompany them. She shows season by season how to create irresistable planting associations that juxtapose texture shape colour and scent. In these small-scale recipes she uses herbaceous perennials annuals and bulbs that either perform simultaneously or dovetail to provide interest for most of the year. To extend the options Anna also gives scores of alternatives for each combination. Stunning photographs and Anna's unique ability to awaken us to the delights and idiosyncracies of these her favourite plants work together to provide a marvelous source of planting ideas. These can be visited time and time again whether we want merely to fill one small gap transform an awkward corner or start a whole new border from scratch.

Plant Partners Reviews

An entertaining read from one of this country's greatest gardening writers, Anna Pavord. Amusingly written in her own inimitable style, it contains tips and planting advice on how to get the best out of your plants all year round. With today's small gardens all plants need to earn their keep and provide interest throughout the seasons. A plant that flowers only for a week or two at the height of the season such as Papaver orientalis needs company to cover up the fact that for the rest of the year it looks unmentionable. The author has taken 60 of her favourite 'star' plants and looks and discusses the best 'supporting cast' for each, season by season. She is no stickler for classic plant combinations but these are included along with braver, more vibrant contrasting plants. Dahlias and cannas star alongside more traditional plants such as nigella and cosmos. Zinnias and busy lizzies, regarded as some as beyond the pale, take the stage in some unforgettable plant combinations. Concentrating on perennials and annuals, although they are by no means all flowering plants, Anna Pavord gives a highly readable discourse on the pros and cons of various plants and does not hesitate to give her own view on certain types of planting and those of other gardeners with whom she would beg to differ! Her ability to humanise plants gives them their own individual character, from the aloof tender perennials taking a holiday outside in the borders to the boisterous bedding plants, nudging and pushing their way through more permanent planting. Divided into seasons and lavishly illustrated, it also contains a concise list at the back of the 60 favourites alongside a list of alternative planting companions for quick reference. Not only an invaluable reference book but a good bedtime read, her descriptions bringing a smile to the face and encouraging dreams of what next year might hold.

About Anna Kruger

Anna Pavord is a well known author and gardening writer. Her previous DK gardening titles include The Border Book and New Kitchen Garden. Anna writes a weekly newspaper column for The Independent, she is also an associate editor and regular writer for Gardens Illustrated and a sought-after speaker on the gardening lecture circuit in the UK and US.

Table of Contents

Winter and early spring; late spring and early summer; high summer; late summer and autumn.

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Plant Partners by Anna Kruger
Used - Very Good
Dorling Kindersley Ltd
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