Tough Plants: Unkillable Plants for Every Garden

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Few gardens have perfect growing conditions. Invariably there is a corner that is too shady, windy or dry. The solution: a tough plant! One that will shrug off the worst conditions, often thrive despite them.

Tough Plants is an easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide to more than 100 virtually unkillable plants for the garden -- whatever the growing conditions. The extended back flap of the book can be used as a quick reference to identify the symbols used throughout the book, identifying whether a plant is ideally suited for a particular situation, microclimate, or soil type.

The book features:

  • An extensive directory with more than 100 plants chosen for their ability to survive difficult conditions, while adding beauty and color to the garden
  • Assessing and improving a garden
  • Matching plants to garden conditions
  • Understanding soil and microclimates created by sun, shade, and wind
  • Caring for plants in tough situations
  • Suggestions on where, how and what to plant
  • Dealing with damp or dry conditions, sun or shade
  • Practical tips on getting started, planting, routine care, and weed control.

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About the Author:

Sharon Amos is an author and freelance journalist specializing in gardening. Her previous books include Celebrations, Garden Wisdom, Pulbrook and Gould Flowers and Plants for Free.

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Introduction

Most gardens do not have smooth, flat lawns and beds of rich, easily dug soil. We have to put up with damp, sunless corridors between houses, awkward slots, or plots shaded by trees or neighboring buildings. Equally difficult to plant are seaside gardens, which are exposed to gale-force winds and salt spray; waterlogged plots, where the drainage is poor; and dry ground, which is exposed to the merciless glare of the sun day after day, without the slightest shade. In sort, few gardens enjoy perfect conditions.

If you try to plant any of these difficult areas with a standard selection of garden-center plants the chances are that you will end up with an unsightly display of brown leaves and dried stems as the plants are defeated by the unsuitable habitat.

What you need for these sites are tough plants, which will not only shrug off all the worst conditions in your garden but actually thrive in them and grow well. Of course, these plants are not unkillable -- put drought-tolerant heather into a bog garden and it will die -- but they are practically invincible in the specific hostile conditions they have evolved to withstand.

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