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Perennial Garden Color

William C. Welch

Publication Year: 2013

Gardeners in Texas and the South face their own special problems with climate and growing seasons, and they need a guide written specifically for the region in order to have the greatest chance of success. William C. Welch’s Perennial Garden Color directly fills this need, and for years gardeners have relied on this book to aid their efforts to beautify their outdoor spaces. Now in a new Texas A&M University Press edition, this time-tested classic, dubbed a “masterpiece” by Neil Sperry, is available again.

Lavishly illustrated with more than five hundred breathtaking color photographs, Perennial Garden Color provides detailed information on planting and growing 125 different perennials and their companion plants. Also included are more than a hundred varieties of old garden roses, together with comments on their history and uses.

Welch, a veteran horticulturist and writer, goes beyond detailing individual flowers, however, to emphasize their use in landscape design. He illustrates how to harmonize the color, texture, and shape of perennials, old roses, and companion plants to create an overall effect of grace and elegance. The dozens of photographs of landscape designs offer a wealth of ideas and inspiration.

Focusing special attention on cottage gardens, Welch offers a history of this traditional design and provides the information needed for gardeners to make this style their own.

Written with contagious enthusiasm, Perennial Garden Color is a complete, comprehensive, and authoritative guide to planning and growing a beautiful and colorful garden of perennials in the South.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Series: Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-7

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pp. vii-9

When Bill Welch told me he planned to write a book on perennials for the South, I knew it would be a masterpiece destined for the library of every true Southern plantperson. I knew I'd be standing in line for one of the very first (opies, Now that I've read it. I know I'm fight!...

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pp. ix-11

Although Perennial Garden Color has been out of print for more than ten years, gardeners continue to bring copies of the book to my programs and ask that I sign them. Sometimes the copies are old, worn, and occasionally dirty. I have truly been humbled by the book’s success. Working on the...

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pp. xi-xii

Contributions and encouragement from old and new gardening friends have been a continuing source of inspiration during the preparation of this book. Sharing knowledge, experiences and plants is a tradition among gardeners that is not only alive and well, but thrives as an almost instant bond and basis for communication...


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pp. 1-16

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1. The Roots of Our Gardens

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pp. 2-17

A spring stroll down a Texas country lane during the Victorian period (1837-1904) was certain to take one past a flowering yard, more often than not, tended by a lady in a poke bonnet, wielding a hoe. A rambling and glorious show of color literally erupted from the...

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2. Perennials for Easy Garden Color

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pp. 18-35

Perennials are versatile plants that offer a variety of creative uses in the garden. Descriptive lists In Chapter 5 will help you choose from among the many species of flowering and foliage plants adapted to our area. Perennials, you'll find, offer an infinite number of exciting...

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3. Arranging Perennials in the Garden

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pp. 36-43

The aim of the classic English perennial border is lhe creation of beautiful landscape pictures. The border maker must begin with very definite objectives in mind. Plant material should then be carefully selected by the rules of artistic design to achieve the chosen objective...

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4. Buying, Planting, and Caring for Perennials

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pp. 44-56

Gardeners may choose plants, cuttings or seeds co start their perennials landscapes. There is a great satisfaction in growing one's own plants from seed, but for today's busy families, plants offer easier and faster results. In some instances, however, plants may not be...


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pp. 57-72

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5. Perennials Past and Present

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pp. 58-194

Once a mainstay of gardens In our area, perennials are enjoying a renewed popularity that seems sufficient to re-establish them as important sources of color and seasonal interest for today's gardeners. Growing conditions in Texas and the Gulf South are significantly...


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pp. 195-210

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6. Old Garden Roses

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pp. 196-239

Long before its extensive hybridization, the rose had survived cheerfully in the gardens of history. Early rose cultivars retained the resilIence and fortitude programmed by nature, but these qualities have sometimes been neglected in modern hybrids developed primarily...

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7. Companion Plants for the Perennial Garden

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pp. 240-252

Perennials and old garden roses are rhe most likely candidates for the herbaceous border or conage garden, but reseeding annuals. small flowering trees, flowering shrubs, and vines were historically present and are still well worth considering. Each of these three categories...


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pp. 253-254


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pp. 255-265

Back Cover

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pp. 282-282

E-ISBN-13: 9781603449731
E-ISBN-10: 1603449736
Print-ISBN-13: 9781603449687

Page Count: 278
Illustrations: 532 color photos. Map. 6 tables. Bib. Index.
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: Reissue, Texas A&M University Press Edition
Series Title: Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series
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OCLC Number: 841909870
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Subject Headings

  • Perennials -- Texas.
  • Perennials -- Southern States.
  • Old roses -- Texas.
  • Old roses -- Southern States.
  • Color in gardening -- Texas.
  • Color in gardening -- Southern States.
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