The author, Kerry Ann Mendez is well-known in the gardening and garden writer community. The book's recommendations come from luminaries such as Joe Lamp'l, Tovah Martin, Allan Armitage and Adrian Bloom.
Mendez gardens and consults in Maine so her plant recommendations are primarily for that part of the world (zone 5) and can, for the most part, do well in our zone 7 humid climate.
Also, buy perennials in the larger container size and divide them before planting. Another other tip is to look for containers that have several smaller plants in them so you can take them apart at home.
Short-lived perennials should be purchased in small containers or started from seed. These include blackberry lily (3 years in my garden), flax, columbine and Iceland poppy.
Any time you are planting a favorite, include early, mid and late season varieties. We've done this with daffodils and have 3 months of flowers as a result. Other plants that offer that kind of variety: Allium, Astilbe, Daylily, Iris, Peony and Phlox.
You get hundreds of tips in this little volume. It is well-written, a pleasure to explore and downright helpful, which I don't say about many gardening books.
Kerry Ann Mendez is the owner of Perennially Yours and her gardens have been featured in garden and lifestyle magazines, newspapers, radio and television shows. Mendez’s other books include The Right-Size Flower Garden. Mendez gives over 25 workshops and webinars, and as many 70 talks a year. She is the founder of the annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposiums at the Equinox Resort in Vermont, and recently hosted 6 national webinars for Horticulture magazine. www.pyours.com. She resides in Kennebunk, Maine.
The book is $19.95 from the publisher and $16 at online vendors. 176 pages, 8 by 8 hardback.