By W. George Schmid
Discovering an array of distinct and numerous crops for colour might sound like a frightening activity, with restricted recommendations on hand to the gardener. color perennial professional W. George Schmid dispels this belief in his new encyclopedia. This companionable reference offers info on greater than 7000 species and cultivars in 184 genera, from Acanthus to Woodwardia — a few new to horticulture, others unjustly neglected, yet all fantastically fitted to the color garden.
Schmid has at the back of him a part century of useful gardening event, horticultural schooling, and wide commute looking at color perennials of their local habitats; readers are accordingly handled to either priceless growing to be counsel and his own institutions with the vegetation. The professional textual content is rounded out with 500 gorgeous colour pictures, many taken by means of the writer himself.
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A little peat moss goes a long way; the problem with it is its rapid deterioration in the soil. In years past I added as much as 30% (by volume) peat moss to some beds. In a few short years, the surface of the beds had literally sunk as much as several inches because the peat moss simply disappeared. I now use peat moss sparingly, usually in wildflower beds. Where good, loamy topsoil already exists naturally, only small amounts of organic amendments are required. Some experimentation may be necessary to find the best formula.
At Hosta Hill various planting areas are installed above the underlying clay surface. These raised beds are filled with soil composed of 10% screened clay, 20% composted humus or cow manure, 20% peat moss, and 50% ground pine bark. This mix holds a lot of water during dry summers but also drains well during excessively wet periods. To fertilize or not Many cultivated garden plants are relatively heavy feeders. Wildflowers are not, however, and fertilizing at Hosta Hill is thus kept to a minimum.
But remember: while the flowering dogwood will shield leafy plants like hostas, partially at least, from falling objects, it may itself present a hazard. Indeed, the shady garden is not without conflicts and troubles! It used to disturb me greatly when the perfect leaf of a hosta got smashed and torn by a spiny pinecone falling from great height. Over time I got over it, and now I just tuck the damaged leaf under the others or remove it. It is not worth worrying over such minor troubles in Paradise.
An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials by W. George Schmid