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The Practical Guide to Container Gardening [Hardcover]

Susan Berry , Steve Bradley

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Book Description

June 2001
Gardening in containers offers boundless possibilities for cleverly decorating small areas indoors and out. Plus, container gardening is a manageable and fun way for anyone to garden. This inspiring and beautiful step-by-step book on the fastest growing category in gardening is a comprehensive reference to what containers work best for what plants, seasonal planting schemes, simple planting techniques, and plant maintenance. With this book, anyone can explore the joys of gardening, whether they live in a rural setting or a city apartment.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“Here are creative ideas for special plants to capture more than casual interest for the container garden.”

– Dick Delano, the Dutch Gardener (broadcast)


“The ideal book for those who are looking for ways to dramatize their container gardens.” – The Florida Gardener


“This is one of the best container gardening books…great attention is given to the often-neglected maintenance of container gardens.” – Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch


“This is the ideal book for gardeners who are short of time or space and for those looking for simple ways to add drama and color to their outdoor living spaces.” – Gardens Decks & Patios



“Using clear language and photography, this excellent book covers all of the important aspects of container gardening – including sites, design, care, and a plant directory.” – Library Journal, starred review



  --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The ultimate guide to adding beautiful, imaginative, and colorful container gardens to your yard, deck, patio, porch, sidewalk, windowsills, balcony, or roof terrace

An invaluable sourcebook of ideas with more than 400 gorgeous color photos that inspire and teach

Clear, simple, and informative instructions for both first-time and experienced gardeners

Specially commissioned photography by leading garden photographer Andrew Lawson

Comprehensive information on what types of containers work best for what plants; seasonal planting schemes; step-by-step planting techniques; care and maintenance; and selecting the right plants

Complete care guidelines, including feeding and watering, pruning, staking, propagation, and dealing with pests and diseases

A fully illustrated A-Z directory of more than 100 species and varieties of plants, with detailed information on how to grow them

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book May 16 2007
By Terry A. Eldridgemurray - Published on Amazon.com
I've been gardening outdoors for more years than I'd care to admit but, potted plants were nothing I had really ever done. I'd buy hanging pots of Petuina or lantana and that would be that.

The Practical Guide to Container Gardening opened me up to a whole new way of thinking about potted plants!

EVERYTHING is covered from what kind of pots you can choose to what plants grow best in what light and space. How to care for your plants once they are in pots or need to be re-potted

This book is full of gorgeous photo's to give you great ideas and to show wonderful combinations you may not have thought of on your own!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening May 22 2009
By Franhp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book. I like the ideas and the visuals as well as the dictionary of different plants at the back. I like how the book helps you with color and balance as well as limited space. How different plants can be combined in containers. I have a porch on the back of my apartment and want to grow plants there.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sept. 29 2014
By Heather Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Covers good info on this subject, but it doesn't have as much info on it as I'd hoped on vegetable gardening in containers. It's good for a beginner and offers some good ideas.

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