“Thrifty gardeners take note: the bucks saved on plant purchases will pay back the purchase price of Plantiful with dividends.”
—Tovah Martin, author of The Unexpected Houseplant
“The most satisfied gardeners I’ve ever known were also the most fearless. Kristin Green teaches readers how to garden fearlessly through the lens of her own passion and encyclopedic knowledge.
—Andrew Keys, author of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?
A bountiful garden is easy to create, and gardeners can save big, by choosing plants that grow quickly and spread vigorously. The fragrant stems and dusty-blue flower spikes of anise hyssop will pop up throughout the garden when the plant goes to seed. A cascade of golden Japanese forest grass is a fast but well-contained spreader. And when you add frost-tender plants to the mix (try asparagus fern with its lime green tentacles), you’ll open the garden door to an even wider world of possibilities.
Kristin Green—horticulturist at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum—has filled her gardens and this book with a colorful palette of plants that self-sow, spread from their roots, and outlast our seasonal expectations. You’ll find simple lessons on propagating and providing winter protection; learn how to strike the balance between letting surprises arise and taking creative control; and discover how much nature gives away for free.
The tools and ideas presented will jumpstart your confidence and help you appreciate plants with exuberant growth habits. The result is a plantiful garden: wildly interesting, personally gratifying, and more fun day by day and season after season.