The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques, 3rd Ed.

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The bestselling classic, completely revised and expanded.

"This practical guide is lush with clear, step-by-step advice." --Real Simple


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 Well-Tended Perennial Garden will be your ally in the quest for a beautiful, well-maintained garden.

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The Well-Tended Perennial Garden is the most thorough book on the essential practices of perennial care. Drawing on her years of expe­rience as an acclaimed horticultural designer, Tracy DiSabato-Aust offers tested, practical wisdom for creating a beautiful garden year-round. The A-to-Z encyclopedia clearly discusses the pruning and maintenance needs of the most useful perennial species. A month-by-month planting and maintenance schedule and invalu­able lists of plants for specific conditions give you everything you need to have a showplace garden with a minimum of time and effort.


Generations of gardeners have found The Well-Tended Perennial Garden to be one of the most useful and frequently consulted books in their gardening libraries. This new, expanded edition promises to be an even more effective ally in your quest to create a beautiful, healthy, well-maintained perennial garden.

"When it was first published, Tracy's book took the gardening world by storm. Undoubtedly, this new version will become indispensable, too." --Ruth Rogers Clausen, Essential Perennials


"This book encourages large, lush garden beds after determining soil types, moisture conditions, sunlight and shade, wind direction, and existing vegetation and structures. . . . The maintenance needs and planting and maintenance schedule sections that follow offer guidance not often found in gardening literature. . . . This third revised edition is worthy of purchase for its 50 new plants, including some native species important to pollinators and for human enjoyment." -- Booklist


"There is no denying the excitement that the new edition of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden stirs in the hearts of gardeners and readers. This is a beautiful book, but more importantly it contains tested and true advice for home gardeners, both experienced and novice. . . . the perennial enthusiasts among us will find it difficult to resist adding this alluring incarnation to their home libraries." -- NYBG's Plant Talk


"Techniques for maintaining perennials are thoroughly described at a level of detail that is hard to find elsewhere. . . . Although beautifully illustrated and designed this is not a book that will end up sitting on the coffee table. It is one that professional and amateur gardeners will be constantly reaching for." -- Gardens Illustrated


Table of Contents

Basic Perennial Garden Planting & Maintenance

Design and Its Relationship to Maintenance

Bed Preparation: Insurance for Success

Planting and Renovation

Pests and Diseases



Pruning Perennials

Introduction to Pruning


Cutting Back

Pinching, Disbudding, Thinning, and Deadleafing

Pruning to Prepare for Winter and Pruning to Prepare for Spring

Encyclopedia of Perennials

Guide to Using the Encyclopedia

A-Z Encyclopedia of Perennials

Perennials by Maintenance Needs

Perennial Garden Planting and Maintenance Schedule

Tracy DiSabato-Aust has worked in the horticulture industry for over forty years earning international acclaim as one of America's best-known and most knowledgeable garden writers, speakers, and designers. She has spoken internationally at venues like England's Royal Horticultural Society Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The English Gardening School, and the University of Oxford Botanical Gardens. DiSabato-Aust has been featured in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Design, Real Simple, The New York Times, Telegraph, and the National Post. Her website is

Timber Press

Pub Date:February 22, 2017

1.1" H x 10.4" L x 7.5" W

416 pages