Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead: Five Steps to the Drop-Dead Gorgeous Garden of Your Dreams

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Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead shows you how to triumph over climate, garden pests, and the design clichés of the typical suburban landscape to make gardening an unrivaled entertainment.

Here's how any gardener, even with limited land, money, time, or experience, can create a glorious cottage garden.
Siting, enclosing, and "furnishing" a garden
Using the classical rules of proportion to balance your garden plan
Making the most of your garden depending upon its angle to the sun
Constructing a garden path, a rusticated arbor, or a wattle fence
Combining trees, shrubs, and perennials for abundance and bloom throughout the growing season
Using color as a unifying theme, accent, or expression of mood
Propagating shrubs and perennials simply and cheaply
Plus a special section on chemical-free pest control and deer-resistant plants.
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Cassandra Danz takes her gardening seriously--she just doesn't discuss it that way. Her practical advice in Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead is liberally sprinkled with humor (when training a rose to climb, "Don't take guff from a plant."). Danz structures the garden from the big-picture perspective; for example, make your garden a separate "room" or rooms, and carefully develop the most stirring palettes of compatible colors. ("Don't plant magenta next to taxicab yellow!") She discusses the advantages and pitfalls of a single-color palette, such as writer Vita Sackville-West's white garden, and shows how to create illusions of greater space in a small yard. Other hints, such as "the old newspaper trick" of mulching, will make your gardening an Edenic delight.

About the Author:

Cassandra Danz is also the author of Mrs. Greenthumbs, and she writes a regular column for Country Living Gardener magazine. She gardens in New York City and upstate New York.
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