Plant This Instead!: Better Plant Choices for Prettier, Easier, Hardier Gardens

Author(s): Troy B. Marden

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Beautiful gardens are generally thought to be true labors of love, often demanding hours of tedious routine maintenance. Planting requirements can be daunting, and finding the time to successfully cultivate a home garden is a tall order for most of us-constant watering, debris removal, and tiresome pruning are not at the top of our wish lists. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way: a carefully selected plant variety can give you all the enjoyment and curb appeal of a gorgeous, painstakingly tended garden with none of the wrist pain. Plant This Instead! tips you off to 75 lesser-known plant types that will thrive naturally in various microclimates, depending on where you live in the United States-featuring native and non-invasive plants, hardy alternatives to less sturdy species, new introductions, repeat bloomers, and other helpful varieties. Renowned garden designer and photographer Troy B. Marden offers clear-cut, side-by-side comparisons of these superior plant choices to the more common, fussier kinds. He incorporates original photography and identifies regionally appropriate selections, demonstrating which climates are friendly to which plants and ensuring that no matter your location, you'll be able to capitalize on his expert advice. Most importantly, Marden alerts you to some of gardening's most harmful misconceptions, explaining why you shouldn't copy professional landscapers and how placing a ten-dollar plant in the wrong place could cost you thousands of dollars. Planting a beautiful garden shouldn't be a chore-and with Plant This Instead!, it won't be.

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TROY B. MARDEN (Nashville, TN) is a plantsman, garden designer, exceptional photographer, and author with a passion for plants. His twenty-five-plus years of professional experience include time spent in nearly every facet of the horticulture industry. Troy has been a co-host of Nashville Public Television's hit gardening show Volunteer Gardener for more than 10 years; writes regularly for some of the country's top gardening magazines, such as Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and Southern Living; and is an accomplished landscape designer. In addition to his media appearances, Troy is a popular, lively, and in-demand speaker for all kinds of gardening and social groups. His blog, Gardener Cook (, has become popular with plant lovers and food lovers alike. His latest venture is a garden tour division of his business that will take other passionate gardeners on trips to some of the finest horticultural destinations in the U.S. and around the world. You can find more information at

General Fields

  • : 9781591865766
  • : Cool Springs Press
  • : Cool Springs Press
  • : February 2014
  • : 254mm X 178mm
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 635
  • : 192
  • : WM
  • : Troy B. Marden
  • : Paperback