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The Container Gardener's Bible

A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing in All Kinds of Containers, Conditions, and Locations

by (author) Joanna Harrison & Miranda Smith

Rodale Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2009
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2009
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Gardeners love container plantings for the wonderful flexibility they provide. Without much effort, informal and formal container plantings can make a modern and stylish statement in every setting—shady backyards, sunny patios, exposed roof terraces, and as accents in beds and borders.
Almost all plants grow easily in pots, and can accent a huge garden or nestle into a tiny space. Container gardens also offer the opportunity to bring fragile plants indoors to protect them from the winter freeze—as well as to start fresh again each season, allowing for continuous creativity and season-by-season décor.
The Container Gardener's Bibleby Joanna Harrison and Miranda Smith covers every step in the container gardening experience, from choosing and placing containers, combining plants for drama and beauty, and maintaining and caring for container plants to attracting birds, bees, butterflies, and wildlife. It also includes a comprehensive directory of flowers, shrubs, trees, bulbs, fruit, vegetables, and herbs best suited to container gardens, categorized by color, foliage, season, habit, and planting schedules. This guide isalso full of "Go Green" sidebars with eco tips and techniques, as well as a bonus feature on containers to combat noise, atmospheric, and visual pollution.
Beautifully packaged with more than 500 stunning photographs and design ideas,The Container Gardener's Bibleis an endless source of inspiration for beginning and experienced gardeners alike.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

JOANNA HARRISONis a garden designer for private and commercial gardens. She lives in the UK.
MIRANDA SMITH,the U.S. consultant for the book, has been teaching horticulture for more than 30 years, from northern Quebec to central Florida, arid Montana to damp British Columbia. She has written numerous horticultural articles and books, includingThe Plant Propagator's BibleandThe Gardener's Problem Solver. She lives in High Springs, Florida.