Plant selection and garden style are deeply influenced by where we are gardening. To successfully grow a range of beautiful ornamental plants, every gardener has to know the specifics of the region’s climate, soil, and geography.
Gardeners in the northeast are lucky—the regular summer rain, gorgeous summer blooms, and stunning fall color make it an ideal place to garden. But there are drawbacks, like hot and humid summers, bitterly cold winters, and mosquitos. TThe practical and beautiful Growing the Northeast Garden starts with a comprehensive overview of the weather and geography of the area, along with regionally specific advice on zones, microclimates, soil, pests, and maintenance. Profiles of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs offer hundreds of plant suggestions, along with complete information on growth and care.
About the Author
Andrew Keys is a writer, lifelong gardener, and author of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?. Andrew’s writing has appeared in This Old House Magazine and Fine Gardening, and he’s produced podcasts for Fine Gardening and Horticulture Magazine. Andrew has lectured at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Boston Flower Show, Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, and others. He’s trained as an organic land care professional by the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Kerry Michaels is a photographer, writer, and multimedia producer. Her garden photographs have been seen in many books, magazines, and websites. She is a contributing photographer and writer for Coastal Home magazine, and is the writer and photographer for the popular website containergardening.about.com. Kerry was the co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film River of Steel. Kerry runs Flying Point Photography and lives in Maine with her family.
“You’ll find out the best plants for the region year-round, and which ones you want for a show in early to midsummer, late summer to fall, and winter. Toward the back of the book, there are case studies of seven gorgeous northeast gardens that will give you inspiration to get going on that garden plan.” —Garden Design Online
“Growing the Northeast Garden is the perfect book for a beginning gardener…offers clear, concise information on design, growing and potential pests.” —Portland Press Herald
“This book addresses many issues that gardeners have to deal with in our area of the country and offers plant suggestions for different zones and soil conditions.” —Gettysburg Times