Friday, April 20, 2012

Did you know the library has books about …container gardening?

I have always wanted to be a gardener. I wanted to be able to charm and coax tender plants into luscious blooms and blossoms and have my friends and family envy my green thumb. That, however, was not meant to be.

My grandmother’s garden was a veritable wonder of color, my grandfather trimmed the edges of his lawn to precision with scissors, and my uncle turned a bare hillside into a showcase with scores of rhodendrum propogated in his own greenhouse with seasonal help from his students.

How the gardening gene passed me by, I don’t know, but it did. However, container gardening and gardening with succulents are great ways for low-maintenance gardeners like me to dabble.

Containers: A Garden Project Workbook by George Carter is a great resource for various container designs and plans. For each project plan there is a color photo of the end result, a materials and equipment list, and a fold out step by step instruction page. Most of these projects have just a few varieties of plants so it is not too overwhelming for the beginner. Container Gardening by Paul Williams has really beautiful combinations that are sure to inspire; again, there are planting details and container details for each project covered.

Cacti and succulents are great easy-care plants that don’t require constant attention. Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin has some good suggestions for beginners but it is also fun to browse the truly eye-popping creations as well. If you are looking for some fresh and fun ideas for containers, don’t miss this title.

To learn a bit more about the different varieties of cacti and succulents, take a look at The Complete Book of Cacti and Succulents by Terry Hewitt. There are ideas for displays including containers, window boxes, patio and terrace gardens as well as a beautifully illustrated section covering the description and care of common and not some common cacti and succulent varieties.

And if all else fails or you need a morale boost, take a look at 37 Houseplants Even You Can’t Kill by Mary Kate Hogan. No explanation needed!

Natalie @ Bealeton

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