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The Not-So-English Garden is the story of the author's unexpected move to the Midwest and how she developed gardens that are compatible with the local landscape and climate. With the accumulated wisdom of more than fifty years of gardening in seven different states, she gives the kind of advice your grandmother would offer if she lived next door.  Explained are the easiest way to divide a hosta or propagate a geranium, what those mysterious three numbers on the bag of fertilizer mean, and how to choose plants that provide beautiful views from your windows in all four seasons.

Discussed are the all-important trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers that give year-round pleasure and are easiest to care for. A chapter is devoted to each of the four individual seasons, describing the plants that illuminate that particular time of the year in a Northern garden, and the seasonal chores necessary to keep them flourishing. Personal anecdotes animate the manuscript, and pictures of the results inspire the reader to get started.

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