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Contain Yourself

101 Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Container Gardens
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Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ball Publishing ©2003
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1883052331
Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.3 x .9 inches
Weight: 2 pounds
Looking for something new for your front porch or backyard deck? Kerstin Ouellet presents 101 recipes and ideas for pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Each recipe features a color photo of the finished combination, a planting diagram, and information about the plant personalities, container characteristics, and care clues. Kerstin also discusses design principles, general cultural needs, and specific characteristics of the plants used in the book. Gardeners will find plenty of newer varieties to wow their neighbors.

Editorial Review

Booklist - Frustrated container gardeners, rejoice! Ouellet offers not just one, but one-hundred-and-one foolproof recipes for successfully creating stunning container gardens to rival any seen in nurseries or coveted on the neighbor's deck. From clay to concrete, stone to Styrofoam, no matter what sort of container, Ouellet demonstrates eye-catching displays for each medium. Logically delineating the precise procedures needed to assemble colorful designs, Ouellet takes the mystique out of mastering a horticultural art form many otherwise proficient gardeners find daunting. After covering the basic cultural requirements, Ouellet outlines 80 plant species both commonly and infrequently used in container creations. Each profile provides the pertinent factual data plus relevant descriptive information helpful for making informed choices. At the heart of the book are Ouellet's 101 detailed planting diagrams, which readers can reproduce as shown or use as inspiration for their own designs. With simple step-by-step instructions and thoughtful background rationale for design development, Ouellet makes it possible for even first-time container gardeners to create dazzling potted displays.

Ornamental Outlook - Full of creative, original designs

Seattle Post - If you’re a plant nut on the cutting edge . . . you’ll hardly be able to contain yourself.

Sunset Magazine - Photographs, a useful list of colorful plant choices, and planting plans."

Garden Compass - Ouellet set about to create an ‘indispensible resource in making your container garden dreams come true’ . . . [she] surely achieves [this].

Pacific Coast Nurseryman & Garden Supply Dealer - Brimming with brand new designs that go beyond the ordinary.

Garden Center Merchandising & Management - This will be great for consumers to follow the exact recipe and be thrilled to create their own . . . container garden.

The Patriot News - Plan your best flower pots . . . with this book that contains dozens of container ‘recipes.

About the Author

Kerstin P. Ouellet is president of Pen & Petal, Inc., a marketing communications firm for the horticulture field. Kerstin is a well known speaker and author, both in professional horticulture and home gardening. She is author of The EuroAmerican Container Cookbook and Contain Yourself, and numerous articles for professional horticulture magazines. She lives and gardens with her family in Fallbrook, California.
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