Friday, April 4, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Five-Plant Gardens by Nancy Ondra


I have long been a 'weekend' flower gardener, concentrating more on herbs and vegetables, but when Storey Publishing asked if I would like to review Nancy Ondra's new book Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants , I jumped at the chance. Let's face it, flowers are so pretty, the bees love them, and this five plant idea (especially using 'plant 'em once and they keep coming back' perennials) sounded simple enough. 
Written by Nancy Ondra and photographed by Rob Cardillo, who has contributed to many gardening books over the years, the book does not disappoint. Each of the 52 garden plans includes a full color photograph of the five plants recommended along with a color sketch of the garden layout.

Planting and other information about each recommended perennial is included, as well as alternate plants to consider if you have trouble finding the suggested plants or want to substitute something else, along with a season-by-season description of what the garden should look like.

After flipping through the various plans, I decided that I would give the Think Pink plan a try. It includes a neat variety of yarrow and also coneflower, both of which I use in my chicken keeping. Yarrow and coneflower (also known as echinacea) are both excellent for chickens' (and humans) respiratory health. Plus, pink is such a pretty contrast to the vibrant green leaves and stems in a garden.

So, here's what the book has to say about the Think Pink Plan:
Think Pink
"A pink planting is one of the easiest themes to try, because there are so many wonderful pink-blooming perennials to choose from. Pale pinks may bleach out and appear near white in strong sun, so if you want flowers that stay distinctly pink in full sun, look for rich rosy pinks. They’ll look as good with the soft yellows, baby blues, and crisp whites of spring as they do with the rich purples and golds of summer and fall."

Here's the Shopping List for the plan - made helpful with a full color photograph of each flower.


Full color photographs of each perennial are included so you can easily visualize what your garden will look like, or quickly spot that plant in the garden center.






And finally, the plan layout and color sketch of what it should look like in its glory is included for each plan.  



"Excerpted from Five-Plant Gardens (c) Nancy J. Ondra. Photography by (c) Rob Cardillo. Illustrations by Beverly Duncan. Used with permission of Storey Publishing."

I can wait to get started! I can tell this book is going to be a lot of fun. There are sun and shade plans, and so many interesting plan names, such as Stunning in Silver, Red All Over, Winter Wonderful, On the Edge, Don't Stop Here, Deer!, Cottage Charm, Elegant Edging, Perfumed Perennials....and so many more!

Nancy Ondra is a garden writer and editor - and the author or co-author of a dozen gardening books, including FoliageThe Perennial Care Manual, Tried and True PerennialsGrasses and more. You can find her blogging at www.hayefield.com.

Leave a comment below telling me why you would like to win a copy of her new book. One winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, April 12th. US addresses only please. Or, if you don't feel lucky you can purchase a copy HERE.







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45 comments:

  1. Would love a copy of this - sounds like my kind of gardening!

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  2. I am in NEED of gardening help! My yard is screaming for it! This book would be very helpful as I have no idea where to start, really. Thank you for the opportunity! :)

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  3. I am redoing my beds and would love to receive this book to assist in choosing the perennials.

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  4. Looks like a great book! I love the illustrations. I always have great aspirations to do something creative but get side-tracked not knowing specifically what to do. It looks like this book would definitely help me get past that and actually do the planting instead of just aspiring!

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  5. Simple and so lovely. Would love to see more of this book!!

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  6. I'd love a copy of this book - the illustrations look beautiful plus we will be moving soon and I'll be starting over. The planting plans look very helpful!

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  7. I'm always on the lookout for easy peasy beds that don't require lots of continued work AND that bloom and attract pollinators! Thanks for the opportunity! :) Do you mind if I share about your giveaway on my site?

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  8. I too was intrigued with this book as I love simplicity!

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  9. The inspiration I need to redo my garden!

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  10. What a wonderful early Mother's Day present!
    I have been gardening for decades and have never seen such a thoughtful informative book! Tis book opens up a whole new world for me. I would share it with my daughters-in-law and then we could plan our gardens together!

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  11. Anything with "simple" has my attention! Looking forward to it!

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  12. I love to garden and have beautiful flowers.

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  13. I just moved to a new property with now plants- time to start from the ground up!

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  14. I would LOVE to win this wonderful book! It would help as we are still adding landscaping and beauty to our yard, and as we learn about the many wonderful plants there are. A wonderful addition to our library! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Always Experiencing Him,
    Jody

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  15. The girls and I could use the help in planning our garden. The idea of 5 plant "palettes" is very appealing.

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  16. I need help with planning and actually follow through for a garden from start to finish. I think this book would help me.

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  17. I would love just learning gardening

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a fantastic book! Would love to garden better for our honeybees!

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  19. Since I have been focusing on growing vegetables for my family and chickens, my flower beds are in need of some work. This book looks like it would be most helpful creating a garden to feast on with our eyes.

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  20. I think this book will come in handy for me to redo my gardens.

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  21. I would love to get as much help as I can from this book as I plan to finally tackle the front yard landscaping.

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  22. Your e-mail link for the book brought me to this page and I would love to enter the contest for your book give-a-way. However, the only link I could find anywhere on this page was for a "purchase" of the book. Where am I missing it?

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  23. This book came out just in time. I would love this book because my chickens found out how to get from my back yard to my front yard and now I need to replant my flower beds, after I fix the fence.

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  24. I'd love to win a copy of this book because I love planting perennials but I just don't have the knack for putting a perennial garden together so everything complements each other and is simple and basic! This book would be an inspiration to me!

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  25. I still have lots of areas to develop in my yard. With a new home and a blank, bland canvas I definitely could use some inspiration!!

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  26. I am a wanna be gardener; sometimes I get lucky, and sometimes not so much. I need to put in flower gardens this year. It's time. My yard is boring. Maybe I'll get lucky and win this book. If I do, I'll put it to good use. Wouldn't that be something!!??!!

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  27. I would like to win this book because we are finally settling down after a 20 year navy career followed by 8 years of medical school and residency. We are moving to a farm in Minnesota and I am terrible at growing flowers. I have always tried to have a little vegetable garden but have almost no success at flowers.

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  28. I would love to learn more about plants that will be beneficial to my free range chickens.

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  29. I have been a fan of Nan Ondra's blog and books for a long time. My goal is to get a copy of everything she's written. Not there yet but I'm working on it.

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  30. What a fun idea. I'd love to win a copy!

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  31. The book looks amazing from what you have written. I bought a house a few years back with a landscaped backyard. When we went into escrow the previous owners turned the water off. We were in escrow for 7 weeks. Everything died. I finally have everything cleared out and put in 2 organic garden beds, but want to put in some perinnials but am stumped as to what to plant. This book sounds like it may just be the thing I am looking for. Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  32. I would love to have this book! We are moving to the country and my daughters want lots of different gardens to attract the birds, bees & butterflies. This would make planning so much easier! I am much more of a veggie and herb gardener and would love to include more flowers to attract good bugs and make my sweet girls happy!

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  33. This sounds like a wonderful concept for getting some perennial flowers going, like you I've been much more into herbs and vegetables, but would certainly love to have a book that would help me get flower beds going. I always feel overwhelmed about what would go well with what - this sounds like the perfect solution.

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  34. This book looks great. We are slowing creating our flower beds (we know so little!)since our veggie garden has been our priority for the last few years. This would definitely help me! Thanks for the give away/

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  35. I just saw this book in the store the other day, and put it on my "to get somehow" list. I'm revamping the yard and love this idea!!! What a great concept!

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  36. Would love a garden book to help me this spring!

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  37. Would love to win it because my granddaughter thinks it looks awesome!!!!

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  38. this looks like an interesting book and i plant some of this plants in my garden.

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  39. I love that there are 52 different plans, and 5 plants each makes it more accessible. I will be submitting a yard design for my permaculture certification this summer, and I'd love the input of a book like this, to see how these garden ideas could be incorporated. Thanks! :-)

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  40. I would love to win the Five Plant Gardens book because five plants is about all I can handle!! I have been trying to establish new garden beds in a new yard, however the blank canvas of a yard is daunting to a wanna be gardener! With Nancy Ondra's book's guidance, I am confident I Can Do It!!!

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  41. i would love to win this! I am currently creating flower gardens in my yard and this would be so helpful!

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  42. UBP14 participant played with all your social media icons and liked, followed, joined and posted all that was available to me. Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful lineage knowledge of recipes, gardening tips and raising duck/chicks

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