A perennial garden is an ever-changing source of delight. Each season brings new colors and textures in flowers and foliage. As the years go by, perennial plantings mature and interweave into forms more beautiful and surprising than a season's growth of annuals can ever give. Best of all, a perennial garden can grow almost anywhere with plants suited to local soils, temperatures, and rainfall.
This book is a complete guide to perennial gardening in Texas and similar regions of eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. In Part One, Julie Ryan offers a historical sketch of cottage gardens and perennial borders, with a sampler of some of their modern variations. In Part Two, she defines the major ecological regions of Texas and, with words and color photographs, takes you on a tour of lovely public and private gardens in each region.
You'll find all the "how to" information for creating your own garden in Part Three. Ms. Ryan describes and pictures over 300 flowering perennials, bulbs, foliage plants, and old roses suitable for Texas gardens, with lists of companion annuals, vines, shrubs, and small trees. Accompanying charts provide quick reference to each plant's preferred regions and cultivation requirements. In addition, Ms. Ryan discusses how to design a garden and select plants, prepare the beds, and deal with garden pests. She concludes with substantial lists of resources, including mail-order suppliers of perennials, bulbs, and old roses.
Preface Acknowledgments Part One. Gardens INTRODUCTION: In Search of Regional Gardens ONE. Cottage Gardens and Perennial Borders: A Historical Sketch TWO. A Garden Sampler A Cottage Garden More Cottage Gardens Perennial Borders Shade Gardens Gardens of Native Plants An Old-fashioned Garden Part Two. Regions INTRODUCTION: Regionally Speaking THREE. The Prairies and Cross Timbers An Artist's Garden FOUR. The Edwards Plateau San Antonio Borders FIVE. The Plains Country Four Native Gardens in Midland SIX. The Trans-Pecos Glass Mountains Shrub Garden Desert Garden at Lajitas A Desert Mountain Garden SEVEN. The Piney Woods A Woodland Garden in Longview EIGHT. The Gulf Coast The Upper Gulf Coast The Lower Gulf Coast NINE. The South Texas Plains Laredo Gardens TEN. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Palms and Pothos Flowers like Trees A Rosy Future Part Three. Plants and Planting INTRODUCTION: Plants That "Do" and How to Grow Them Pleasures of Gardening Ecology Plant Sources and Preservation ELEVEN. Design with Perennials Kinder, Gentler Color Perennial Myths Bloom Season Setting, Style, and Theme Site Selection Garden Seasons Sizes and Shapes Color Schemes Planning III TWELVE. Plant Selection and Growth Requirements On Plant Names Perennials Primer THIRTEEN. Flowering Perennials FOURTEEN. Bulbs How to Prepare a Spring Bulb Bed for Fall Planting FIFTEEN. Foliage Plants for the Flower Garden Decorative Foliage for Sunny Sites Greens for the Shade Perennial Grasses SIXTEEN. An Old Rose Sampler Introduction to Old Roses Care of Old Roses Bourbon Roses China Roses Hybrid Musk Roses Hybrid Perpetual Roses Noisette Roses Polyantha Roses Tea Roses Species Roses and Near-Species Hybrids New English Roses in the Old Manner SEVENTEEN. Companion Plants for Perennial Gardens Reseeding Annuals Vines Shrubs and Small Trees EIGHTEEN. Techniques: Smart "Dirt-Gardening" Bed Preparation "Organic" versus Conventional Horticulture Digging the Bed and Improving the Soil Propagation Care Part Four. Plant Charts INTRODUCTION: Chart Legend Summary of Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Charts 1-3 CHART I. Herbaceous Perennials CHART 2. Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, and Tubers CHART 3. Foliage Plants and Grasses APPENDIX 1. Mail-Order Suppliers of Perennials, Bulbs, and Old Roses APPENDIX 2. Organizations and Periodicals APPENDIX 3. Public Gardens with Perennial Plantings References to Published Sources Bibliography Index