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Perennials for Alberta    by Donna Dawson & Laura Peters order for
Perennials for Alberta
by Donna Dawson
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Lone Pine, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Gardening guru Donna Dawson and Master Gardener Laura Peters team up again to bring gardeners a comprehensive guide to the perennials that grow best in Alberta, Canada. Perennials for Alberta includes over 600 species suited to the region's specific climate and growing zones.

Besides listing the many varieties of perennials available, the authors also cover planting and growing tips, details on light, watering, nutrient and mulching needs, and how and when to start your plants. They even include tips on how to propagate or transplant favorite varieties. Additional information covers specific pests that attack certain perennials. All entries are alphabetically arranged for quick reference. And a Quick Reference Chart at the back of the book provides additional at-a-glance information. Beautiful colour photos enhance the volume and show every perennial in its full glory and also in various integrated flower garden settings.

This bright, wonderfully colorful and informative guide covers a wealth of information about perennials like anemones, pinks, oriental lilies, violas, and so many more. The authors even recommend a few new, recently introduced varieties like the fleece flower, Siberian bugloss and the magnificent plume poppy that is now being sought out by prairie gardeners. Perennials for Alberta is a planting guide that is sure to meet every Alberta gardener's specific needs.

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