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‘Five-Plant Gardens’ by Nancy J. Ondra

Veteran gardener Nancy J. Ondra’s newest book shows novices how to plan and plant a perennial garden over a weekend for as little as $200. In “Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants” (Storey), she provides shopping lists and planting maps for 52 gardens of various shapes and explains what perennials will flourish in your geographic zone and which like full or partial shade. She tells you what blooms to expect when and what you need to do in each season to keep your garden happy.