1. From the 2013 American Horticultural Society awards – A Rich Spot of Earth by Peter J. Hatch – This engaging, first-person account of the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s edible garden at Monticello is “unquestionably a superb work of scholarship,” says Rand Lee. It is an homage to Jefferson’s contributions to our national gardening heritage as well as a treasury of information about the many varieties of plants he experimented with in his Virginia garden.
2. From the Garden Writers Association 2013 Media Awards – The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage – Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering — interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.
3. The Well Tended Perennial Garden (my go to for all perennial questions) – Tracy DiSabato-Aust – This is the first, and still the most thorough, book to detail essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and deadleafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated. More than 200 new color photographs have been added to this revised edition, showing perennials in various border situations and providing images for each of the entries in the A-to-Z encyclopedia of important perennial species. In addition, there is a new 32-page journal section, in which you can enter details, notes, and observations about the requirements and performance of perennials in your own garden.