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Designing with giant perennials: planning planting schemes; planting for damp conditions; planting for dry conditions; planting for shade; planting for sun; planting for colour; planting for foliage; planting through the seasons; giant perennials in containers. Cultivation and maintenance: getting started; planting your garden; routine care; propagation; pests and diseases. Plant directory.

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Susan Berry is an established writer and editor specializing in gardening. She has written, among others, the highly successful Complete Guide to Gardening in Containers, Best Plants, Irises and The Low Maintenance Garden. She edited and produced Beth Chatto's The Green Tapestry and Christopher Lloyd's The Flower Garden. She also writes for the gardening press, including Gardener's World, Homes and Gardens and She magazines. Steven Wooster is a highly successful garden photographer. He won the Garden Features Award 2000 of the Garden Writer's Guild and his work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Beth Chatto's The Green Tapestry and The Gravel Garden.


Add panache and height to your borders with "Giant Perennials". Foliar interest or flowers, create a bold statement with this extensive range of plants. Contrary to its title, the book contains biennials such as Salvia turkestanica, digitalis and hollyhocks but their imposing presence and generous habit of self-seeding excuses this misnomer. Giant leaves such as rheum and gunnera, spiky foliage such as onopordums and yuccas will add contrast to flower borders whilst the sunny flowers of inula and rudbeckia will ensure late summer colour at eye level. Covering all four seasons with the inclusion of evergreens, this book by garden writer Sue Berry spans the year. Forget small and go bold and create a garden with impact, with pizzazz and a huge 'wow' factor with which to dazzle your neighbours. Gloriously illustrated with the photographs of Steven Wooster, this is a colourful inspirational guide to these towering amazons of the plant world. - Lucy Watson

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