May 2014: The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden

May 2014 Library Profile:

Perennials: The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden


"There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."

~Gertrude Jekyll


AboutThe Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik

The library is brimming with gardening resources, and what better time to highlight them than just after Arbor Day and the plant sale, when hundreds of trees and gardens are being planted for the new season! One of our newest  acquisitions on perennials, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik, is a guide to a low maintenance garden achieved by knowing about the plants and how they work together to form self-sustaining plant communities. Very recently published, this work features guidance on getting to know gardens' natural soil conditions, light, and moisture, and then advice on choosing plants with those considitons in mind to maximize garden beauty and productivity. Diblik provides the reader with profiles on 74 perennials along with 62 possible garden plans for gardeners' reference. He ends with a chapters on creating thriving plant communities by planting perennials with similar traits together, and portraits of successful gardeners that make it all work.



"This book is about gardening in a new way - one that is in harmony with how plants grow and interact with each other in nature. All it requires from you, the reader, is that you come to know your plants. Once you acquire that knowledge, you will discover that you actually need to spend far less time maintaining them, because they exist in largely self-sustaining communities. I call this new way of gardening the 'Know Maintenance' approach - and it can be applied to everything, not just the garden."

~From The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden Introduction, p. 10


Library Resources:

A small sample of our perennial resources.

Perennials for Midwestern Gardens: Proven Plants for the Heartland by Anthony W. Kahtz 2008

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato-Aust 2006

The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer by Stephanie Cohen & Nancy J. Ondra 2005

When Perennials Bloom: An Almanac for Planning and Planting by Tomasz Anisko 2008

Armitage's Garden Perennials by Allan M. Armitage 2011

An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials by W. George Schmid 2002


Reader's Advisory:

If you are interested in perennial gardening, also take a look through the library's bountiful collections on vegetable gardeningshade gardeningannuals, and garden design!


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