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The Missouri gardener's companion : an insider's guide to gardening in the Show-Me state
Becky Homan.
Guilford, Conn. : Morris Book Pub., 2008.
Master gardener Becky Homan explains in clear, user-friendly terms the different gardening conditions in eachpart of Missouri, so readers can identify which of thewidely varying soils, temperature zones, andprecipitation levels they are dealing with. Thesedetailed regional descriptions make this book a standout.Gardeners and horticulturists from across the Show MeState contribute hands-on advice for each region, fromwhen to start plants from seed to when to water indrought or where to get soil samples analyzed. This isthe must-have garden bible for Missouri residents.
     
Guide to Missouri vegetable gardening
James A. Fizzell.
Franklin, Tenn. : Cool Springs Press, c2007.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
     
Best garden plants for Missouri
Anita Joggerst, Don Williamson.
[Edmonton] : Lone Pine Pub. International, c2007.
A handy guide for Missouri packed with best plant varities for your garde: annuals, perennials, trees #38; shrubs, vines, roses, ornamental grasses and herbs.
     
Month-by-month gardening in Missouri
Mike Miller.
Nashville, Tenn. : Cool Springs Press, c2004.
Written by Mike Miller, a leading gardening expert in St. Louis, this proven monthly format will help Missouri gardeners experience more success and enjoyment from their gardens. Includes the major gardening categories, from annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs, including lawns and vegetables. The Month-by-Month series provides credible information on maintaining plants throughout the year in a specific state. These books contain monthly advice on what to do in the garden and when to do it, along with the author's personal recommendations on specific plants that perform well in the state. Gardening is now the favorite leisure pastime in America. More homeowners are enjoying the beauty and satisfaction they derive from improving their home landscape.
     

Do you love the tall spires of delphiniums in English gardens? Does your vision for your flower garden include these and plants like them? Thatís nice--if you live in England.

Choosing perennials that will thrive in the hot humid summers of St. Louis and our cold prairie-type winters is key to having a successful flower garden. While those classic English flowers are beautiful, there are many other lovely varieties that thrive here in the midwest.

Choose plants that are proven to do well in St. Louis. Look for:

  • Flowering perennials that thrive in St. Louis:

    Aster
    Coreopsis
    Coneflower
    Lythrum
    Hibiscus
    Rudebeckia
    Yarrow

    Good nurseries that feature plants that are tried and true for the local area. Beware of big box stores that may sell plants better suited for other climates.
  • Prairie flowers and their descendants such as rudbeckia, coneflower, liatris.
  • Heat loving annuals that wonít live through the winter but that thrive in humid, semi-tropical climates
  • Special cultivars from English favorites that have been developed for our tougher climate

Keep in mind that even plants known for their disease free, low maintenance care are not all the same. For instance, daylilies developed in other parts of the country may not adapt to St. Louis. Buying from a local grower rather than a catalog insures your plants are best suited for this climate.

But in the end, if you still want that delphinium, try it and see what happens. It may thrive for a season or two and you will have had it for short term enjoyment.

The garden lover's guide to the Midwest
Paul Bennett.
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2000.
Our "Garden Lover's Guide" series has been hailed by "Garden Design" as "eminently practical" and by "Home" as "authoritative" and "indispensible." These three new volumes complete our survey of American gardens; together, the four books feature over 500 public gardens across the country.

Each book is designed for readers to use as they travel through a state or region. Similar to our highly successful European garden guides, the U. S. guides are illustrated in full color with numerous photographic images and watercolor drawings of the most significant gardens, all specially commissioned for these books. In addition to insightful texts, contact data, opening hours, admission fees, and directions are provided. The perfect companion for any garden enthusiast, whether tourist or armchair traveler.

     
Midwest landscape design
Susan McClure ; photography by Ian Adams.
Dallas, Tex. : Taylor Pub. Co., c1999.
Each chapter of Midwest Landscape Design focuses on a particular Midwest region's unique appearance and growing conditions and is accompanied by lavish color photographs illustrating both landscape designs and individual plants. Profiles of regional designers include background information on the designers and their creations, valuable information on their recommended plants and personal gardening tips, and how-to sections for implementing their designs.
     
Home landscaping : Midwest Region, including Southern Canada
Roger Holmes & Rita Buchanan.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner Press, c1999.
In this series, homeowners will find inspiring ideas for making the home landscape more attractive and functional. Created by landscape professionals in each region, each book contains more than 40 designs with more than 200 plants that are proven performers. Provides detailed instructions for projects such as paths, patios, ponds, and arbors. More than 400 color photos and drawings. US: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI Canada: Ontario (southern)
     
Gardens of the heartland
Laura C. Martin ; photographs by Allen Rokach.
New York : Abbeville Press, c1996.
From the notable garden at Cranbrook in Michigan, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, to the extravagant displays of color at Cantigny, near Chicago, to a simple prairie garden where a nearly extinct landscape is preserved, this captivating history and traveler's guide lavishly portrays for the first time the diverse gardens of America's midwestern region. In all, thirty gardens open to visitors are illustrated in 215 specialy commissioned, dazzling photographs and described in a lively, informative text. The author, Laura C. Martin, leads readers on a memorable tour of the celebrated gardens of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Kentucky. The variety is astonishing, ranging from gardens that feature spectacular beds of flowers and magnificent trees to those with more modest plantings that are important for their key role in the development of gardening in the heartland. Arranged by type of garden from botanical and historical to parks, great estates, and arboretums, the narrative traces the history and design of the gardens with an emphasis on the dedicated people who created them. The text also guides the visitor to outstanding areas and plant collections in each garden. Supplementing the narrative, the appendices provide practical advice for the traveler, from suggested tours to seasonal displays; notes about cultivating some of the gardens' inviting plants; and tips for the garden photographer.
     

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff