Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

By Barbara J. Sullivan

Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

288 pp., 7.5 x 11, 223 color photos, 13 charts, 3 maps, 2 figs. , appends., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5473-0
    Published: October 2003

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Finally: a book that addresses the unique challenges of gardening in the coastal South.

Master Gardener Barbara Sullivan provides an authoritative guide for gardeners from Tidewater Virginia to Florida and all along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, an area taking in USDA Zones 7b, 8, 9, and 10. Combining helpful gardening advice with an A-to-Z plant guide that describes more than 1,000 plant varieties and cultivars, Garden Perennials for the Coastal South will become an essential reference for both experienced and novice gardeners in this region.

The book is organized to allow planning a year-round garden or focusing on a particular season. Sections separate subtropical plants, vines, herbs, groundcovers, ferns, heat- and drought-tolerant plants, shade plants, bulbs, ornamental grasses, and annuals, as well as address disease-resistant roses for the region.

More than 200 color photographs illustrate individual plants and provide examples of beautiful landscape design. Rounding out the book's usefulness is information on the basics of landscaping, soil preparation, plant care, propagation, diseases, and pests. Whether you are new to the coastal South or a lifelong resident, you will find Garden Perennials for the Coastal South an indispensable addition to your gardening bookshelf.

About the Author

Barbara J. Sullivan, a certified master gardener, lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she is a garden consultant and speaker and a garden commentator on public radio. She is also an attorney-mediator and arbitrator.
For more information about Barbara J. Sullivan, visit the Author Page.


"Aware of the basic problems we face in day-to-day gardening. . . . An A-to-Z plant guide that is concise and useful. . . . Dipping into [this] book is a pleasant and educational experience."β€”Free Lance Star

"A fundamental volume for gardeners in that hot and humid stretch from the Gulf Coast of Texas to Tidewater Virginia. This attractive and authoritative guide covers everything from companion plantings to 'fail-safe' perennials."β€”American Gardener

"Whether a gardener is new to the coastal South or a lifelong resident, he will find this large format book an indispensable and beautiful addition to his gardening bookshelf."β€”Rocky Mount Telegraph

"A thoroughly researched book."β€”Gainesville Sun

"A beautifully illustrated book that will appeal to both beginning and experienced gardeners."β€”St. Augustine Record

"Offers a wealth of knowledge for gardeners who aim to please Mother Nature, especially where she's a tough taskmaster."β€”Virginian Pilot