Dan Cooper has had a lot of fun speaking about low-maintenance gardening throughout Ontario. He speaks again this month in Markham Ontario (see upcoming talks on sidebar). Check out more about his talks from this newspaper article: Ont FARM article
Here is another hardy, reliable plant that carries us from late summer, early fall all the way into the winter. Check out Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’. Japanese anemone. These tall, elegant white daisy-like flowers dance from August through October. They work as cut flowers, as an accent and provide vertical interest.
2013 is the Year of the Wildflower – check it out
You can buy many of these at Wildflower Farms, Mason House Gardens, and Chalklake Greenhouses. Several more “natives” are included in our book ‘Gardening from a Hammock’ on sale now at Lee Valley Tools. http://www.GardeningfromaHammock.com
I love her superb photos of this beauty.
Prairie Smoke is one of the great drought-tolerant plants recommended by garden lecturer and tour leader Frank Kershaw in our book ‘Gardening from a Hammock’ for a low-maintenance garden. He likens the seed heads to a “pink puff of smoke” and says it spreads but not aggressively. Like many native plants, it also tolerates poor dry soil. And the leaves turn a nice red colour in fall. A great all-around perennial.
You can find more drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants discussed in our book.
Book Review: Spend less time weeding and watering and more time enjoying your garden by Tara Nolan, editor
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Gardening From a Hammock: How to create a low-maintenance garden
By Ellen Novack and Dan Cooper
Let’s face it. Not all of us have oodles of time to spend in our garden. We may aspire to it, but the reality is our life can pull us in different directions. That being said, there’s no reason why we can’t maintain lush garden beds throughout the growing season. That’s where Gardening From a Hammock comes in. The idea being that once you plant all of the low-maintenance recommendations (the ones that are suited to your garden’s conditions, of course), you will have the time to sit back and enjoy your handiwork—or attend to all the other activities that require your time.
The authors, Ellen Novack (who has been writing our Low-maintenance Monday guest blogs) and master gardener Dan Cooper, have sought out well-known, Canadian gardeners to provide their low-maintenance picks and growing advice. While reading the book I felt I was privy to some important secrets—tips that I’ve applied (or made a list to apply) to my own garden.
What makes this book unique:
I love how the authors sought out a diverse mix of gardeners to provide their recommendations. Everyone’s growing experiences are different, so it’s interesting to see what works best for some and not for others. A handy chart at the end of the book provides quick, at-a-glance info for busy green thumbs. And an underlying theme (intentional or not) of the book is about helping the environment.
Mark Cullen named Gardening from a Hammock the Book of the Week, March 9, 2013
Gardening from a Hammock: How to Create a Low-Maintenance Garden, by Ellen Novack and Dan Cooper, pulls together the advice and tips of well-known garden experts, designers and nursery owners for new and experienced gardeners.
This book gives you tips to save time and techniques to avoid weeding so you can relax in your beautiful garden. Each chapter features a garden expert and talks about their favourite plants, explains why they think they are easy to care for, and gives their advice on how to look after them. A key part of the book is a detailed Botanical Reference Guide. Close to 300 easy-care plants are featured. Available at select retailers, or ordered online through gardeningfromahammock.com, for $22.95.
Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and garden editor of Reno & Decor magazine. You can sign up for his free monthly newsletter at markcullen.com, and watch him on CTV Canada AM every Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. You can reach Mark through the “contact” button on his website and follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 and Facebook. Mark’s latest book, Canadian Lawn & Garden Secrets, is available at Home Hardware and all major bookstores.
We will be at Canada Blooms signing our book ‘Gardening from a Hammock’ on March 16 from 4 to 6 pm. Drop by the Toronto Botanical Garden booth and say hi if you’re in town.