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Just a few of Our Recommended Gardening Books

Gardening is a learning process, and with so many sources of information to help and guide you, it can be hard to know how to begin or where to look to learn more. We decided to dig in and hit pay dirt to find the most outstanding books on gardening and plants. This is a list of a few of our favorite books for beginners to master gardeners available on amazon.

Best for Beginners
Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening

This gardening book covers topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control and weeds, using easy to understand language that won’t confuse novices.

Best for Vegetable Gardens
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible

Can teach you everything you need to know to grow beautiful veggies, from basics like tomatoes and carrots to more unusual varieties of produce.

Best for Flower Gardens
The Flower Gardener’s Bible

Contains a wealth of expert advice, addressing everything from how to pick the best growing site to tips on maximizing the lifespan of your plants

Gardening Books Recommended by Larry Hurley

The Well Tended Perennial Garden
by Tract DiSabato-Aust:

Whether you are a new gardener or a green thumb, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is here to help you successfully plan, plant, and tend your garden. This hardworking guide includes thorough details on the essential practices of perennial care included deadheading, pinching, and thinning along with growing information for specific species and cultivars, on-trend garden design advice, a monthly planting and maintenance schedule, and details on native plants and gardening for wildlife.

The Essential Guide to Gardening and Landscaping with Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses
by William Cullina

More than a botanical reference book, Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses is beautifully illustrated with over 400-color photographs, and includes information detailing the conditions likely to allow each species to thrive. By highlighting lesser-sung species that give a garden true refinement and balance, Cullina takes environmentally-responsible native plant landscaping to a new level and provides an indispensable resource for any home or ornamental gardener’s library.

Perennial Combinations
by C. Colston Burrell

This book features plant medleys that bring color, texture, and excitement to the garden in every season. The book features 130 of the best perennial combinations with photographs of each grouping, along with a numbered photo key and plant list. Each grouping features just two to six plants; gardeners can plant the combinations as they appear for small garden spaces or they can repeat or mix the combinations for large beds and landscapes.

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
by Rick Darke

You’ll learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape—one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter, and sustenance for wildlife. Richly illustrated and informed by both a keen eye for design and an understanding of how healthy ecologies work.

Books by Dr. Allan Armitage

Dr. Allan Armitage is a well known writer, speaker, and horticulturist. He has worked with gardeners, landscapers, growers and retailers in the North and South, and travels the world sharing his passion for plants. He was recognized as one of the best teachers in the nation when he received the distinguished National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. Read more about Dr Armitage on our blog post Garden Walkabouts with Dr. A: In His Garden, Warts and All. Check out his web site www.AllanArmitage.net and use the code BEHNKES in the checkout to get FREE shipping!

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