Southern Gardening All Year Long approaches southern landscapes from a different perspective. Instead of encyclopedic lists and articles focused on botanical gardens or someone else’s landscape, author and host of Southern Gardening Gary R. Bachman connects with his audience through personal stories that share his expertise gained over decades of planting, all told in an easily digestible format.
Most stories in Southern Gardening All Year Long focus on Bachman’s hands-on experience with gardening. He recounts tales about his own personal gardens—plants that have thrived and failed—and presents his advice in a common-sense style. Bachman's personal, conversational writing makes Southern Gardening All Year Long an old-fashioned, over-the-fence chat with a knowledgeable and helpful neighbor.
Just as he has done in newspapers, and on television and radio, with Southern Gardening All Year Long, Bachman hopes to help gardeners be successful in their own landscapes, alleviate some of the apprehension new gardeners feel, and inspire experienced gardeners to try new plants instead of the same old plantings every year. Gardening success doesn’t always follow steps 1-2-3, but Bachman encourages readers not to worry about plants that don’t survive. Failures happen in gardens every season. Offering a variety of tips and tricks and over 170 color images, Southern Gardening All Year Long will become a gardener’s best friend.
"A must-have for southern gardeners! This one-of-a-kind, month-by-month gardening guide provides practical insights for successful gardening year-round. Learning about plants that thrive in the extreme conditions of the Deep South, readers will discover a world of opportunity. From native trees and shrubs to heat-loving exotic perennials and annuals, the plants featured in Southern Gardening All Year Long are sure to inspire readers to grow something new. "- Brie Arthur, author of The Foodscape Revolution and Gardening with Grains
"Southern gardener, new southern gardener, or new to southern gardening, this info-packed book has got y’all covered every month, Gary Bachman style!"- Ron Wilson, Personal Yardboy and host of In the Garden with Ron Wilson
"Southern Gardening All Year Long offers sound advice from a down-to-earth gardener and professor of horticulture who is friend to all. This book is easy to digest, laid-back, and entertaining for anyone from a beginner to the avid gardener. "- Heather Kirk-Ballard, assistant professor in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences at Louisiana State University
"Gary R. Bachman’s unique gardening narrative is not readily available anywhere else. Southern Gardening All Year Long will be a valuable source for gardeners, providing exceptional ideas and concepts in addition to insight on plants for success. "- Allen Owings, senior horticulturist at Bracy’s Nursery and Clegg’s Nursery