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Tough plants for California gardens : low care, no care, tried and true winners

Author: Felder Rushing
Publisher: Nashville, TN : Cool Springs Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In my many years in the horticulture industry, especially in the teaching end, I've found that the vast majority of gardeners believe that the real challenge in gardening is to produce a beautiful garden with minimal care. However, the "true" gardener likes to push and is willing to make the needed adjustments, work, sacrifice, whatever, to grow some prized possession. And what on earth is wrong with that? If a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Felder Rushing
ISBN: 1591861896 9781591861898
OCLC Number: 71552546
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 240 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Green side up --
Annuals that endure --
Unbeatable bulbs --
Grasses with gumption --
Groundcovers with grit --
Herbs or 'erbs? --
Patio plants with panache --
Perennials that prevail --
Steadfast shrubs --
Savvy succulents --
Stouthearted trees --
Vines with vigor.
Responsibility: Felder Rushing.
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In my many years in the horticulture industry, especially in the teaching end, I've found that the vast majority of gardeners believe that the real challenge in gardening is to produce a beautiful garden with minimal care. However, the "true" gardener likes to push and is willing to make the needed adjustments, work, sacrifice, whatever, to grow some prized possession. And what on earth is wrong with that? If a gardener is so inclined, he or she is welcome to brag about having a perfect lawn, or growing the first Isoplexis canariensis in the neighborhood. Yet only a very tiny percentage of people want the challenge of growing really unsuitable plants, which involves not just extra time on the gardener's part, but also includes heavy resource use. Besides, some plants are too specialized for the average gardener. Everyone is welcome to dig, bag, chill, spit, and turn summersaults to get a temperamental posy to do just right. But telling others to do this is less than good advice. There is plenty of "fun" in gardening to keep everyone busy; we don't need "work" to make gardening fun. In this book, Felder presents us with the "what-does-best" plants--the plants that fill our gardens with the least care needed, and that, in turn, allow us more quality time in our garden oases. For those who want a landscape of entirely low-maintenance, this is certainly the listing of the lowest. "Tough," as in the title of this book, is Felder's word for "hardy." "Tough" is also the word for Felder's no-nonsense style that cuts through the--let us say--manure of the plant selection process.--Adapted from introduction.

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