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HoundgardnertamFebruary 23, 2003

I need a book or magazines that tell me when and how much to cut back my perennials. I have things like hollyhocks, musk mallow, butterfly bushes, coneflowers, astilbe...and I'm not sure when or how far to cut them down. Thanks, Tammy

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sophieruth(Z5B Central MA)

Hi Tammy,
I can wholeheartedly recommend the book by Tracy DiSabato-Aust "The Well-tended Perennial Garden. Planting and pruning techniques" It was published by Timber Press in 1998.If only I could get around to do all the things she is recommending... Sophie

    Bookmark   February 26, 2003 at 6:07PM
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oldherb(z8 Oregon)

Ditto!!! "The Well Tended Perennial Garden" is the best book I have ever seen on the subject of perennial pruning. She did here thesis work on the subject in college so she knows what she's taking about. Take it from a gardening book junkie...it's the best $$$ you will spend. (Anything by Timber Press is usually excellent.)

    Bookmark   March 2, 2003 at 11:02AM
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marilou(z4 IA)

I agree also! If there's one book I wish I'd had ten years ago, this is it. This is a book I use, and use, and use, and use!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2004 at 1:15PM
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Into_the_woods(z6 NJ)

There's also Caring for Perennials by Janet Makunovich. It tells you what's important to do now, what's nice if you can do it now, and even how long it should take you to care for a garden of a certain size, month by month by month.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2004 at 9:21AM
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