Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION [key part of book]

 

ACTIVITIES AND TOPICS

1.           ASSESSMENT AND PLAN

2.           BEFORE YOU CHOOSE A PLANT

3.           COMMON GARDENING MISTAKES

4.           GARDENING MYTHS

5.           BEST PRACTICES AND TIPS

6.           BASIC BOTANY (Taxonomy, Morphology/Anatomy, Physiology)

7.           REPRODUCTVE STRATEGIES

8.           ARE THEY CREATED EQUAL?

9.           PLANT NAMES

10.         GARDEN CENTER LABELS

11.         RECORD KEEPING AND SIGNAGE

12.         WEATHER AND CLIMATE (Zone Hardiness and Frost)

13.         CHANGE AND ECOLOGY

14.         ELEMENTS OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN

15.         A MATTER OF TASTE

16.         WANNABE AND FRUSTRATED GARDENER

17.         LANDSCAPERS AND DESIGNERS

18.         TYPES OF MAN-MADE LANDSCAPES/GARDENS

19.         HARDSCAPE AND ART (Objects in the Garden and Rocks)

20.         CONTAINERS

21.         FOUNDATION PLANTING

22.         EASEMENTS (RIGHT-OF-WAYS)

23.         SAFETY AND LIABILITY

24.         ETIQUETTE/ETHICS

25.         TRUTH IN ADVERTISING

26.         ONE-TRICK PONY, THE PERFECT FIT AND SHORT-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

27.         ALLELOPATHY AND BLACK WALNUT TOLERANCE

28.         PLANT SOURCES AND LUST

29.         MAKING PLANTS DO TRICKS

30.         SURPRISES

31.         WHY AND WHAT?

32.         HOW TO PLANT SHRUBS AND TREES

33.         TRANSPLANTING/MOVING PLANTS

34.         WATER AND WATERING

35.         LIGHT

36.         SOIL

37.         MULCHING

38.         BEDS

39.         COMPOSTING

40.         FERTILIZERS AND NUTRIENTS

41.         CHOOSING –CIDES (Pesticides: Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides)

42.         DISEASES AND DISORDERS

43.         NATURAL (ORGANIC) REMEDIES

44.         PRUNING

45.         LAWNS

46.         USING PLANTS AS A BARRIER OR TO BLOCK

47.         PLANTING ON SLOPES

48.         HIGH-MAINTENANCE PLANTS AND TIME-CONSUMING ACTIVITIES

49.         WEEDS AND WEEDING

50.         TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

GARDENING BY SEASON

51.         SPRING AND THE FLORAL DOLDRUMS (Late Spring to Early Summer)

52.         SUMMER

53.         FALL

54.         WINTER

ANIMALS

55.         BIRDS and the BEES

56.         BUTTERFLIES

57.         DEER BROWSING

58.         BAD “BUGS”

59.         SMALL VARMINTS

60.         GARDENING WITH CHILDREN AND PETS

SPECIFIC GROUPS AND CATEGORIES

61.         ACID PLANTS AND SOIL

62.         PLANTS FOR CLAY SOIL

63.         GARDENING WITH ANNUALS AND FORBS

64.         SHRUB vs. TREE 

65.         BEECHES AND OAKS

66.         BRAMBLES (Blackberries and Raspberries)

67.         OTHER BERRIES (Blueberries, Currants, Gooseberries, Strawberries)

68.         BIG LEAF PLANTS

69.         GEOPHYTES (Bulbs and Corms)

70.         DOGWOODS

71.         DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS

72.         ERICADS (Azalea and Related Taxa)

73.         EVERGREENS AND GYMNOSPERMS

74.         COLOR

75.         FRAGRANCE

76.         FERNS

77.         FRUIT TREES

78.         FRUITS (Ornamentals and Hitchhikers)

79.         NUT PLANTS

80.         GRAMINOIDS (Grasses, Rushes, Sedges)

81.         GROUNDCOVER

82.         HERBS

83.         HOLLY FAMILY

84.         HOSTAS

85.         HYDRANGEAS

86.         IRISES

87.         LILACS

88.         LILIES

89.         MAGNOLIAS

90.         MAPLES

91.         MOON (NIGHT) GARDEN

92.         MOSSES

93.         LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVES

94.         PROBLEM PLANTS (Suckering, Spreading, Temperamental, Invasive)

95.         MADNESS (Dandelion, Common Blue Violet, White Clover)

96.         THE WORST OF THE WORST (Honeysuckle, Wintercreeper, Callery Pear)

97.         ROSES

98.         SHADE PLANTS

99.         SUCCULENTS

100.       TALL AND THIN

101.       VEGETABLE GARDENING

102.       VIBURNUMS

103.       VINES AND CLIMBING PLANTS

104.       WATER GARDENS

105.       WET SOIL PLANTS

106.       WITCH HAZEL FAMILY

17 COMMANDMENTS OF GARDENING

 

PLANT LISTS

 

RESOURCES

(Regional Arboreta and Gardens, Internet, Organizations, Publications)