A book lovingly written from the heart and hands, it is the passing of experience from one gardener who loves perennials to others. Whether you already have fallen in love with perennials or just want to learn how to care for them the best way possible, this is a book entirely dedicated to perennial garden maintenance - and mostly about deadheading, dividing, planting, and pruning. This is the how-to grow perennials book for novice or experienced gardeners. Information is detailed and specific. For example, DiSabato-Aust writes of Artemisia ‘Lambrook Silver’, “When half their mature height (normally in early June), plants can be pinched, or cut back by one-half, and shaped with hedge shears to reduce height and to prevent flopping latter in the summer. I usually cut off the flowerheads as soon as I see them forming to better enjoy the silver foliage. A second trim may be necessary to keep plants looking good.”
The three appendixes at the back of the book are extremely valuable and contain details specific to ornamental grasses, a suggested year-long perennial maintenance schedule, and finally, an astounding 36 lists of perennials with specific pruning and maintenance requirements.