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Plantiful : start small, grow big with 150 plants that spread, self-sow, and overwinter
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  Library Journal Review

Green (interpretive horticulturist, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum) wants readers to overcome anxiety about fast-spreading plants so they can creatively take advantage of them to save time and money. She encourages the opportunistic use of 50 self-sowers, 50 spreaders, and 50 tender plants that can extend the season or successfully winter over, but she wisely tempers her enthusiasm for such plants with appropriate cautions about invasive species and implores people to engage with their plants and gardens conscientiously. While she recommends self-sowers, Green empowers the gardener to "edit" them as necessary to create more pleasing combinations. Further, she teaches seed saving and propagation methods so gardeners can feel in control. Beginners will benefit from tips such as creating a photo directory of seedlings for future reference. Green is also a skilled photographer: her book is more beautifully illustrated than Sue Fisher's Fast Plants (although Fisher's includes specific notes on controlling growth for recommended plants). VERDICT Gardeners who enjoy a bargain will want Green's book to begin cashing in on nature's generosity.-Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

The fascination of Green's first book is the sense that it brings into order a chaotic landscape half-seen but never attended to. Consider the tall Verbena bonariensis with its seemingly fragile, slender, 3-5-ft. stalks, the delicate bundles of purple blossoms that crown them, the butterflies they attract. This book prompts appreciation of the plant, and imparts knowledge of how to control ("edit") it. Plants that are self-starters tend to show up in gardens, highway medians, and all manner of other locales. Self-seeders come back again and again, which can be wonderful and terrible. The challenge for the gardener is keeping them in check. This book-generous with color photographs and helpful tips and tools-lends the right eye and the technical expertise to that end. The book equips the gardener to understand what, in her garden, she is looking at, and then, understanding, she can organize and tame it and see it again, as if for the very first time. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p> "Thrifty gardeners take note: the bucks saved on plant purchases will pay back the purchase price of Plantiful with dividends." --Tovah Martin, author of The Unexpected Houseplant <br> <br> Whoever coined the phrase "money doesn't grow on trees" must not have been a resourceful gardener. Plantiful shows you how to have an easy, gorgeous garden packed with plants by simply making the right choices. Kristen Green highlights plants that help a garden quickly grow by self-sowing and spreading and teaches you how to expand the garden and extend the life of a plant by overwintering. The book features plant profiles for 50 self-sowers (including columbine, milkweed, and foxglove), 50 spreaders (such as clematis, snow poppy, and spearmint), and 50 plants that overwinter (including lemon verbena, begonia, and Chinese hibiscus). Additional gardening tips, design ideas, and inspirational photos will motivate and inspire gardeners of all levels. </p>
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Gardening with a Generous Nature: Some Ground Rulesp. 11
How Plants Growp. 15
Opportunistic or Invasive?p. 19
Making the most of Your Gardenp. 22
Self-Sowers: The Price Is Rightp. 27
Guide to Serendipity: Taking Editorial Controlp. 35
Start a Seed Collectionp. 39
Propagation: Sow it Growsp. 45
50 Faithful Volunteersp. 53
Plants That Spread: When a Little Goes a Long Wayp. 85
Guide to Abundance: Reuse, Replant, Repeatp. 92
Propagation: Easy Piecesp. 96
50 Thrilling Fillersp. 107
Frost-Tender Plants: Push the Zonep. 141
Guide to Optimism: Plan Ahead and Save for Laterp. 147
Propagation: Beg a Cuttingp. 148
Overwintering: In from the Coldp. 155
50 Come-Back Keepersp. 173
In Sump. 205
References and Resourcesp. 207
Metric Conversionsp. 210
Plant Hardiness Zonesp. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 212
Photography Creditsp. 213
Indexp. 215
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