Author(s): DISABATO-AUST TRACY
Sometimes you can have it all. No plant is perfect in every situation, but bestselling garden author Tracy DiSabato-Aust has identified 50 showstoppers--perennials, shrubs and trees-that come close. Each is a dynamic, beautiful choice for almost any garden, and each is nearly foolproof when it comes to care. As a garden designer, Tracy has spent years studying how to create beautiful outdoor spaces that require minimal maintenance. The plants in these pages are her personal favourites, but she didn't pick them for sentimental reasons. Each had to pass a minimum test for toughness, beauty and durability, exhibiting nearly all of the following: * Multi-Season Interest * Striking Foliage * Outstanding Texture* Long-Lived * Tolerant of Heat and Humidity * Cold-Hardy * Insect and Disease Resistant * Infrequent Pruning or Deadheading * Low Fertilization * No Staking * Non-Invasive * Drought-Tolerant With her combination of wit and common sense, DiSabato-Aust includes her own gardening experiences and introduces companion plants that will complement each of her selections.
Proves that low-maintenance doesn't mean low-interest. Tracy has packed the book with traffic-stopping garden stars that require less care and less fuss. Now you can actually find time to enjoy your garden! -- P. Allen Smith Garden Home 20080101 Guaranteed to help ... readers "'create their dream garden.' ... The book has stunning photography, its organization is good, and there's a brief informational box on each plant along with a longer, more detailed description. -- Sara Busse Charleston Gazette 20090118 Gardeners who want the wow without the work will find plenty of ideas in Tracy DiSabato-Aust's new book. -- Mary Beth Breckenridge Akron Beacon Journal 20090131 This colorful guide gets right to the point, promoting the stars of the garden with a full-page close-up, a few smaller images, plus a fact and bio sheet highlighting why each deserves center stage in your garden. -- Marianne Binetti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20090225 DiSabato-Aust has created a checklist of flowers and shrubs, fruits and vegetables that combine toughness, beauty and durability. These practical attributes can save a gardener hours of work. -- Dean Fosdick Associated Press 20090318 DiSabato-Aust's experience with and passion for plants infuses every aspect of the book, from its engaging style to her discipline in keeping it short but thorough. -- Kym Pokorny Oregonian 20090702 Sure to find a place on the shelf and in the heart of every gardener. Marion Star 20090426 A must-have because it will tell you when and how to prune your perennials for better vigor - and how to get them to bloom more than once a season where possible. -- Henry Homeyer Caledonian Record 20081126 For those gardeners who love plants but lack the time to spend hours in the garden, this is an excellent book. -- Stephanie Cohen American Gardener 20090817 DiSabato-Aust is an approachable garden writer. She knows we all love to garden but that we have lots of demands on our time and need astute guidance, which she provides in this fantastic book. -- Renee E. D'Aoust Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly 20091001
Tracy DiSabato-Aust, aka "the Queen of Deadheading," has earned international acclaim as one of America's most entertaining and knowledgeable garden writers and professional speakers. She has extensive experience in the United States and abroad, working for over 30 years in the industry, speaking for over 25 years and designing for over 20 years. Her experience includes stints at Longwood Gardens in the U.S., The Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada, the Kalmthout Arboretum in Belgium, and Knightshayes Court in England. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University. Her first book, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, which has been referred to by many as "the bible for perennial maintenance," has become Timber Press' best selling book in their publishing history. Her second book, The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, brings her trademark exuberance, expertise, and efficiency to bear on frequently daunting elements of garden design, demystifying them with her direct approach. Tracy is a gifted and award winning designer who combines artistic vision with practical horticultural strategies. DiSabato-Aust is a frequent guest on national garden television and radio gardening shows. She is a dynamic speaker, and in great demand nationally and internationally on the lecture circuit. Venues include England's Royal Horticultural Society Garden, Wisley, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The English Gardening School, the Oxford Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Institute, the Perennial Plant Association, and numerous botanical gardens and professional association meetings. She was awarded the 2004 Garden Media Award from the Perennial Plant Association. This award recognizes an individual whose educational and promotional efforts have resulted in a heightened awareness of perennials and the perennial industry. Tracy has contributed articles or been featured in numerous national and international magazines, books, and newspapers. Magazines include: Fine Gardening (she is a contributing editor), Horticulture, Country Gardens, Garden Gate, Organic Gardening, Midwest Living, American Nurseryman, Real Simple, and Garden Design. The New York Times, the Daily Telegraph in London, England, and the National Post, (Toronto, Canada) have all published articles on Tracy. When she's not out working in the garden, Tracy is working out in the gym. A self-professed "fitness fanatic," Tracy is a competitive triathlete who also appears in fitness training DVDs. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son.