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The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Roy Diblik

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We’ve all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture, and multi-season interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult to attempt at home. Or are they?

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden makes a design-magazine-worthy garden achievable at home. The new, simplified approach is made up of hardy, beautiful plants grown on a 10x14 foot grid. Each of the 62 garden plans combines complementary plants that thrive together and grow as a community. They are designed to make maintenance a snap. In fact, the entire garden is mowed down at the end of the season!

The garden plans can be followed explicitly or adjusted to meet individual needs; size can be altered by treating the grid-like design as a modular building block that can be halved, doubled, or tripled as needed. This complete garden system makes a gorgeous perennial garden available to everyone, no matter their skill or the size of their space.


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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  18 commentaires
24 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring, practical, educative: the new generation of garden books 13 mars 2014
Par Olga van Saane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
First of all, I want to apologize for the fact that never in a hundred years I can write a book review as grand as Jake Hobson’s. Or the one by Anne Wareham, Thomas Rainer, Noel Kingsbury and practically any other person with native English and better understanding of the subject. So, I’m absolutely aware, that the new book “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden” by Roy Diblik deserves better. Better English, deeper insights and louder cheer than mine. I assume these all will follow, and many well-deserved reviews will be written, by critics and by readers, because it cannot be any other way.

The book’s too good to be unnoticed.

It’s in many ways a mind-changing book. I’ve just finished reading, the book is still on my desk, its pages covered with my notes and some are even dog-eared. This dog-earing thing I haven’t done since high school, which probably means something. Being deeply touched? Provoked? Excited? Inspired? Well, all of the above.

What I’m about to share with you is my personal impression, as a reader and as a gardener.

Well, every time when I’m about to read a garden-related book I wonder if it might be one of those: yet another gardening guide (read: nothing new), a dreamy literary essay with barefoot wandering in the dew (too personal), a piece of landscape theory written in physician tongues (too far from real dirt), or a gizmo, selling one-size-fits-all ready-made solutions (naaah, baby-food).

That’s why I’m thrilled every time I come across a book, which has all the goodness of the above genres without becoming any of them. A new kind. I'd call it - the next generation of gardening books.

Just what “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden” is.

First of all, it’s all about - new. New thinking, new instrument, new type of gardening. It thoroughly introduces Know Maintenance formula to the perennial garden. Even with a few years of circulation the concept is still a novelty to a common gardener or even a common garden designer. For many of them I’m sure the book will be a real eye-opener.

Another thing that I like about Roy Diblik’s book is the way how the KM* formula is introduced.

The sections of the book form some kind of a virtual ladder for the gardener’s mind to climb and evolve. Chapter by chapter Roy gives his reader a hand, and pulls him up to the next step, and next step, without rushing or missing a point. Imagine, you read on, you follow, draw, photograph, you go and stare at your backyard, make more coffee, read on again, make notes, and your garden is changing in your mind. Your mind’s changing, too. From a desperate gardener watching a miserable patch dressed entirely in mulch, with a few sickly looking plants you’ve been trying to keep alive as hard as they were trying to die, – you're changing into someone who enjoys the lush beauty of a garden, and that without a terrible waste of money, a sore back or early grey hair.

That’s the dream, which is growing along, as you’re reading this book. You learn how to be a different gardener. From a section about understanding your garden and plants you move on to the site preparation and planting; from reading about key plants (74!) and their role in easy care and maintenance you arrive to study sample garden plans (62!). You, being so generously provided with the new knowledge, now can attempt to create your own plant communities, while being inspired by the effort to create and maintain remarkable gardens, in the reference section about Roy's colleagues: outstanding gardeners and horticulturalists.

The way how the book’s structured separates it from hundreds of gimmicky garden books: the timing of provided solutions is impeccable. The ready-made plans are almost at the end of the book, when the process of thinking has already begun and one’s individual evolution became unstoppable. The previous sections help to build up knowledge, so you can understand how Roy Diblik matrix works; you now can “read” it as a musician reads a score. The garden scores are designed to get you a solid start, with the plants arranged in most efficient partnership. Take it from there, use thoughtfully, as an applied science, introduce new elements and create your own effective planting schemes.

These garden plans for sun and for shade are thoroughly explained. They contain detailed maintenance notes and useful remarks. This is where Diblik’s 30 years of studying, growing, and being passionate about plants really shows. In fact, the whole book is a fantastic plant guide, taken to another level.

Other thing about the sample plans is that they evoke a strong aesthetic connection between visual art, design and landscape, offering to ponder planting schemes inspired by Pissarro, Van Gogh, Bonnard, the Essence of Piet Oudolf, the High Line and many more. The plans for shade are showcasing colour, structure, substance, texture – altogether it’s a true master class on garden design, with an innovative “Know Maintenance” approach to planting.

In short, it’s a perfectly balanced piece of writing, appealing to both professionals and garden owners. It’s also a very pleasant prose, it gets you from the very first page, with a dedication to Mom. As the narration goes, you almost hear Roy talking (like he talks in YouTube videos), and you feel like hanging over his shoulder as he leads you through his gardens. The book is full of musings, thoughts and wisdom, but without being a gardening sermon. It’s also a book very beautiful, very artistic, even poetic, but without a pale violet fluff.

One thing I still need to mention to non-American readers. Before reading the book, be aware - it’s written with an American garden and gardener in mind, terminology-wise. Which means, that “garden” in Roy’s book, is in fact, a herbaceous border, herbaceous perennial planting. It’s different from the European use of the word, but once it’s clear, non-American reader will wonder no further where the trees and shrubs are in these garden plans. This reader will also very quickly realize how beautifully volume, rhythm and dynamics in such a border can be created with the use of various perennials.

To wrap it up: I know the gardeners of the world (especially the beginners) often chase their dream of a beautiful garden, seeking inspiration from the Internet, unfortunately overloaded with pictures of neat gardens in “American style”(mulch, mulchier, the mulchiest). I wish those gardeners stopped replicating bad, dead-born, outdated planting. I wish they read the book, learn better, and skipping over the whole “lost generation” of gardens facing the past, started creating gardens facing the future.

P.S. Inspired by the book, I had just planned a section of my garden - a long border in the shady area – to be replanted from scratch, with “Know Maintenance” formula in mind. Having tried and tested borders, inspired years ago by Oudolf's matrix, I am now into the next planting adventure. Learning, like gardening, never stops.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Useful and Well Researched 11 mars 2014
Par Talvi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden is a very well presented book packed full of everything you need to create a beautiful and thriving perennial garden. From specific plants, their care, garden plans, and site preparation and planning, all topics a novice gardener needs are discussed in detail.

The book is broken down into the following chapters: Understanding your garden, understanding plants, site preparation and planting, care and maintenance, key plants for know maintenance gardens, garden plans, creating plant communities, and examples of gardens from professionals.

The book is pleasantly image heavy, showing good and poor gardens as well as all the plants mentioned. Preparation and understanding local soils is given due discussion, whether a new house lot, established older garden, or even smaller commercial gardens as for a church or office building. Especially interesting are the most common weeds and how to take care of them (though I wish the author had included photos of the weeds as well).

A large chunk of the book is dedicated to plans and detailed descriptions/care of perennials. Included are many examples of different gardens, first for full sun and then for shadey areas. Several are based on famous paintings or works of art. Following the plans is a chapter on gardens and creating synergy among the perennials chosen.

The last portion of the book is the weakest, in my opinion. It is a section devoted to colleagues of the author and their gardens. It is meant to be inspirational but there's a LOT of text on the person and the 1-2 images of the gardens are almost an afterthought. It's difficult to be impressed by a professional's work if we can't actually see it from the images (many images are closeups of 1-2 plants or a child smelling a flower, neither of which really give us a feel for the person or their work)

In all, this is a very useful, well researched book clearly written from experience. A few more 'pullback' images of gardens and garden communities would have made this a 5 star book for me.

Received as an ARC from the publisher.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect 31 mars 2014
Par J. L. Ludwig - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I hired Roy Diblik's Northwind Perennial Farm to design the landscape for the front and back yards of my new house 2 years ago. Northwind installed the hardscape for my back yard and then I chose to do the planting myself. I've done research on the Know Maintenence Garden online but have always been in search of more information. This book by Roy has everything that I've been searching for: soil prep and maintenance, plant choices and sample designs for planting as well as a fabulous method to prep the garden in the springtime. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to replace their lawn with a beautiful, eco friendly alternative. These gardens always appear to require back breaking work, and I am sure that some indeed do, but Roy's methods are tried and true. I bought the extra long Dutch push hoe recommended and pictured in the book and have found that it is very effective for weed control with minimal effort. I just finished using my mulching mowing to grind up old, brown dead foliage from last summer and could not have spent more than 20 minutes time. I just wish this had been in publication last year when I planted my back yard. It would have prevented me from some mistakes in plant choice. No matter! I now consider this book my planting bible and am ready to plant my front yard with a beautiful Know Maintenance Garden.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Simplifies planting in the "New Perennials" style 17 avril 2014
Par Beth in Iowa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This is a truly useful book, both as a great place to start for beginners and as an eye-opener for more experienced gardeners. It is especially useful for those of us gardening in the Midwest, as that is where Roy Diblik has built his garden design business.

He spends quite a bit of his book discussing the nature of perennial plants and the varying conditions they need to grow well, and details the practices he believes are best to plant and maintain perennial garden areas. His suggestions to mow down entire garden areas with a mulching mower each spring and leave the cuttings in place for mulch is a low-maintenance solution, as is his prohibition on tilling areas to be planted, unless they are compacted clay. These fly against traditional landscaping practice, but make for less work and more efficient, better soil-encouraging practice. And I'm glad he doesn't shrink from initially using Roundup when appropriate -- it is impossible to kill certain perennial weeds by smothering them, and without a clean slate, planted perennials stand little hope against such otherwise ineradicable thugs.

And he's undoubtedly correct that using too much wood chip mulch can inhibit perennials from filling in -- this is another traditional landscaping practice that is probably more appropriate around trees and shrubs than among perennial plants. However, his disdainful photos of this practice seem somewhat unfairly chosen to me: many of them are simply photos of newly planted areas; of course they will look unattractively sparsely planted, just as the photos of his own newly planted areas look sparse before plants fill in. It might not be the initial 2" application of wood chip mulch that inhibits plant growth, but the repeated annual toppings up that are the problem, as he does mention. And he is certainly correct that plants look better and fill in more quickly when they are spaced more closely than recommended (but how are new gardeners supposed to know that they should ignore what's on the plant label?).

His list of suggested plants all seem to be good performers with relatively easy maintenance requirements. However, I know that I could never limit myself to these. How could I live without the glories of roses and peonies, spring-flowering trees, my beautiful but iris-borer-bedeviled tall bearded irises, my cossetted and stake-requiring delphiniums, my annual petunias, zinnias, cosmos, cleome and pelargoniums?

That's my main quibble with the so-called "New Perennials" style of planting: it just seems limited in scope; attractive in the right locations, but only one unmixed way of planting, and one that I feel certain will go the way of most trends. These plantings can be beautiful, but I sometimes get the feeling that they are more intellectually motivated, out of ecological political correctness, than out of love of beautiful gardens. Limiting ourselves only to native (or "native-like") plants, completely forbidding the use of all chemicals, denigrating all lawn areas even in places in which they don't require irrigation or chemical treatment, none of these Puritan-like ways of restricting gardening is likely to draw more people to gardening and making the world more beautiful. I'm thankful that Diblik's recommended practices are based on practical, not ideological reasons, and that he refrains from the sort of all-or-nothing preaching that can all too often be found in newer garden books.

This book is a great place to start from for new gardeners; Diblik gives readers a good understanding of what goes into healthy soil and healthy plants, and recommends good practices for starting and maintaining perennial garden areas. The reliable plants he recommends will give gardeners the confidence that comes from successfully growing and maintaining their garden areas, after which they may choose to expand their repertoire to other types of plants. I recommend this book for both new and experienced gardeners, especially Midwestern ones.

(For more reviews, see my garden blog at gardenfancy.blogspot.com)
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is the book you've been waiting for! 10 avril 2014
Par Winifred - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Great for new gardeners because of all the how-to and maintenance advice. Even better for those wanting a terrific design but don't have any design sense. The 40 square foot design pages tell you what plants, where, and how many to plant to get the naturalistic design you've been dreaming of! Substitute native or locally available plant materials as needed, and voila--simply beautiful garden beds!!
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