Color-Rich Gardening for the South

A Guide for All Seasons

By Roxann Ward

With 10 illustrated garden designs to get you started

152 pp., 8 x 9, 39 color plates, 1 table, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6176-6
    Published: March 2021
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6177-3
    Published: February 2021
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5965-5
    Published: February 2021

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In this gardening guide for the South, Roxann Ward shows how color provides one of the easiest and most impressive ways to shape a garden with intense eye appeal. The book is built around ten original design templates—“Ode to the Camellia,” “A Spring Kitchen Garden to Delight the Senses,” “A Carefree Border with Summer-Blooming Bulbs,” to name a few. Each template provides detailed instructions for a trouble-free start while offering plenty of room to adapt designs in ways you might not have before imagined. With Ward’s signature approach to plantings of annual flowers layered with bulbs, perennials, woody ornamentals, and fruiting shrubs, you will soon be combining beloved southern plants with new plant varieties to create lively, long-lasting color displays.

*Provides 10 beautiful and flexible templates to get you started

*Features gardens with uniquely southern looks that will thrive in USDA zones 6b-8b, including 15 southern states

*Useful for both beginning and experienced gardeners, as well as for commercial landscapers

*Highlights organic practices and solutions

*Gives step-by-step instructions for choosing locations, preparing soil and garden beds, selecting the best plants, designing, landscaping, sustaining your garden through the seasons, and much more

*Richly illustrated with photographs, plant lists, and other resources

About the Author

Roxann Ward, owner of Roxann Ward Design in Senoia, Georgia, is a garden designer and consultant.
For more information about Roxann Ward, visit the Author Page.


"This accessible guide is worth a look for new gardeners with a penchant for color."--Publishers Weekly

“Gardeners using this engaging gardening guide will feel that they are chatting in the most personal and inviting way with a knowledgeable, friendly expert with extensive real-world experience. This is the kind of how-to book gardeners want to curl up with to feel inspired to visualize exactly how to create the garden beds or containers of their dreams. Southern gardeners especially need all the help they can get because of the region’s unique climate challenges.”—Barbara Sullivan, author of Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

“This book will help all gardeners—from young people just starting out to pretty much anyone who enjoys DIY television shows—create more beautiful plantings. Often, people give up on gardening because the plants they have selected and placed do not look as they had hoped. Roxann Ward’s step-by-step system will allow almost anyone to have a beautiful garden.”—Barbara Fair, associate professor of horticultural science, North Carolina State University