Unusual Perennials, Gardening, Wildflowers, Natural History, and Children's Books by Peter Loewer

Most books are available from The Captains Bookshelf located in downtown Asheville at 31 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801; phone: 828-253-6631 or email to captsbooks@aol.com. Many of my newer books are available with autographs from City Lights Bookstore, located in beautiful downtown Sylva, NC. Newer titles are also found at Malaprop's Bookstore in downtown Asheville at the corner of Haywood and Walnut; phone 828-254-6734, website: www.malaprops.com.

In addition, a number of my newer titles--plus a number by fellow garden writers--are available at the website for Carolina Gardener magazine. Go there and click on Book Shop, remembering that when you buy a book from Carolina Gardener you help keep the magazine revving up for more great stories in future issues.

Finally, if you can't find a book and it's still in print, I'll see what I can do-- just email me.


Thoreau's Garden was originally published back in 1996. The review in Booklist reported that this book "deftly weaves excerpted reveries from Thoureau's Journals together with copious notes on native plants gathered by Loewer himself. The result is an agreeable foray into the fertile landscape Thoreau knew so well . . . . A new book by Loewer is cause for celebration." Here is a new edition from BellaRosa Books and proves that Thoreau's 1854 remark, "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," rings as true today as it ever did.


Since the days of Queen Victoria (and earlier the harems of the Middle East) flowers have allowed lovers and friends to express themselves without saying a word. In Loves Me, Loves Me Not, I explore the fascinating history of floral messages. In this book you'll find intriguing plant lore, unexpected historical connections, or simly an opportunity to connect with a beloved in a unique way. Confess unrequited love with a daffodil; show happiness with primroses; or make your declaration of love--not with a rose--but with a tulip! Just docking from a ship that sailed from China (that's where American books come from today), you'll find this a great gift when visiting family or friends. And at home, instead plunking down on the coffee table a twenty-pound salute to the gardens of England, try this small, lightweight salute to the glory of flowers--period. Sadly, out-of-print (OOPs!)


This informative, full-color guide you can now plan memorable trips to the beautiful gardens of North Carolina. There are fifty gardens found in three regions of the state--The Mountains, The Piedmont, and The Coastal Plain--giving full descriptions, how to get there, and all the visitor information you'll need. The book should be in bookstores for early spring of 2007, ready for the highways and biways of a state that supports a most amazing range of public gardens. OOPs!


Native Perennials for the Southeast (2006): A companion book to ornamental grasses, this new salute to native perennials is meant to introduce all of the marvelous plants that bloom and bloom, are usually impervious to bouts of bad weather, shrug of hard rains, hunker down to deep freezes, or lack desires of soils that resemble--at least in fancy theory--horticultural oils of Olay. Illustrated with telling photos or botanical illustrations, you'll find an amazing selection of plants ranging from bog and water lovers, to small trees for small gardens, vines, ferns, grasses and sedges, not to mention comments by other gardeners living south of the Mason-Dixon Line and knowing what they are talking about, especially when it comes to gardening! OOPs!


Ornamental Grasses for the Southeast (2004): Ornamental grasses have outlived their reputation for being an oddity or a sometime thing in the garden and have, instead, become one of those plant families that are now in the perennial mainstream and stars of the garden across the country. But the southern climate is a lot warmer than New York or Pennsylvania so now there's a book that covers all the grasses that do their best when the weather's hot and sunny--not to mention hot and damp! Even Zone 10 and the heat of Southern Florida has a niche in the contents of this book! And the illustrations: They are large photos full of color and botancial renderings of the more unusual grasses and grass-like plants. OOPs!


Jefferson's Garden (2004): This book is in homage to one of the truly great Americans. Instead of focusing on his political accomplishments, Jefferson's Garden deals with the fascinating plants that he brought to Monticello over a lifetime of gardening. Included in the many plant biographies are scientific and common name derivations, where the plants came from and how Jefferson learned about their existence, and many more facts about their place on the planet. Each plant is illustrated with a pen and ink rendering of both leaf and flower.


Small-Space Gardening (2003): There's no end to the advantages of gardening in containers, and this new book on the subject provides a perfect introduction. Containers, of course, are the norm in cities and suburbs, where space is at a premium, but even gardeners with plenty of room will appreciate the benefits of container planting. Potted plants dress up front walks, hang brightly from the limbs of trees, and energize a deck with color and life. They are a great laboratory for experiments, and allow a gardener to grow plants that wouldn't otherwise winter over in northerly climate zones. Older gardeners also love container gardening for its relative simplicity and east of maintenance. This book covers light, dormancy, temperature, and watering, potting soils and mixes, vertical gardens, water gardens, growing fruits in pots, forcing bulbs, bonsai hostas, ornamental grasses, bamboos, perennials, conifers, alpine pots, and even heavy-metal gardening. OOPs!


Solving Deer Problems (2003): They breed, they snort, and eat up everything in sight, stopping only at oleander and antique brick. Fear the deer! Nature has never invented a more efficient killing machine-- at least from the point of view of garden plants. Able to leap an eight-foot fence, sneak silently through the suburbs at night, and outrun a greyhound (not to mention a beagle or Labrador retriever), the deer is the number on enemy not only of the gardener but also of anyone who wants to relax in the backyard. This book concentrates on the best answers to the growing deer problem in these United States. You can love these animals but keep your affection for the deer roaming the great outdoors and not nibbling on your roses or devouring your shrubs. OOP but to be republished in 2015!


Solving Weed Problems (2001): They seed, they sprout, and often take over local worlds turning our pride and joy into a maelstrom of malcontented plants, plants with a mission to attack! Some weeds defy the might of the gardener but luckily they are few and far between. Most weeds, once we understand their likes and dislikes, will succumb to the will of the gardener, usually requiring only a steady hand and a sharp knife or hoe. Solving Weed Problems is divided into sections covering annual and perennial weeds, then shrubs and trees, aquatic weeds, and a number of the worst lawn weeds. A few weeds stand up to the worst we have to offer but then the text is honest and tells the reader that a trip to the local extension service is required (I never recommend deadly herbicides but the government sometimes does). OOPs!


Fragrant Gardens (1999): One of the delights of a garden are the wonderful fragrances provided by a number of beautiful and not-so-beautiful flowers. Straightforward garden care advice includes information on handling different soil types, controlling pests, creating raised beds, and growing all those blossoms with perfumes that delight the nose and scent the garden air. Ever smelled a night-blooming daylily in full bloom? OOPs!


The Winter Garden: Planning and Planting for the Southeast (1997): Winter-bound gardeners from USDA Zone 6 and south, will enjoy this armchair walk though the snow- or ice-threatened garden, with Loewer extolling the virtues and exposing the vices of a host of plants, all beautifully illustrated with Larry Mellichamp's photographs. OOPs!


Seeds (1995): The life of a garden begins and ends with a seed. This book gives explanations of virtually everything that happens from the production of a seed (including the genetics involved) to seed germination. If you don't find that the life of a seed beginning with an insect pollinator like a bee, right up to the breaking of the mature seed coat. Published again by Timber Press in 2004. OOPs!


The Evening Garden (1993): The first complete (and only serious) book ever written about gardening with night-blooming and night-fragrant plants sold well 1994 but has been out-of-print since 1995 when, due to financial shennanagans, the great Macmillan Company went belly-up! "With this book," wrote Pamela Harper, author of Designing with Perennials, "Loewer treads new ground, covering a neglected gardening topic comprehensively, lucidly, with infectious enthusiasm." And now thanks to Timber Press, America's premium publisher of gardening books from around the world, The Evening Garden is no longer available at bookstores around the country (or the world) and your best bet in finding a copy is to log onto ABE, The American Book Exchange, where they represent thousands of small bookstores found throughout the USA, Canada, and Great Britian. OOPs!


The Wild Gardener (1991): The Wild Gardener was named one of the 75 best gardening books of the 20th Century by the American Horticultural Society. The book salutes the American garden as a refuge from the teeming world that surrounds today's home and hearth and the daily threats that plague our existence. Still in print!


Thoreau's Garden (1996): A combination of insightful excerpts from the journals of Henry Thoreau and Loewer's botanical illustrations and comments on more than fifty native plants that were favorites of Thoreau's and grow in Loewer's Asheville gardens. The edition pictured is the original book first published in 1996 and now again in print through the work of BellaRosa Books. Press.


The National Wildlife Federations Guide to Gardening for Wildlife (1995): Everything you need to know about bringing wildlife to your own backyard! OOPs!


Gardens by Design (1986): Step-by-step plans for twelve imaginative gardens ranging from a garden of all annuals to a garden for winter to a meadow garden. This book won the Philadelphia Book Award for the best self-published and designed book for 1987. Over 200 plants are illustrated. OOPs!


The New Small Garden (1994): Twenty-six garden designs and hundreds of plant descriptions especially for gardening in the small spaces of a condominium patio, a townhouse courtyard, or backyard corner. OOPs!


Tough Plants for Tough Places (1992): The original title for the original book that dealt with 101 easy-care plants for every part of your yard. "It's always fun to romp through another garden read with Peter Loewer," said The New York Times. So popular that a garden book from England used the title for American audiences. OOPs!


Secrets of the Great Gardeners (1991): Originally entitled Secrets of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden the name was changed by the editorial department of Summit Books (a branch of Simon & Schuster) because they thought nobody knew anything about Brooklyn, much less a great botanic garden located in its domain. Needless to say the book features on-the-spot interviews with the gardeners who make the BBG such a marvelous place to visit. OOPs!


Bringing the Outdoors In (1990): This was my second book, originally out in 1974, republished by Contemporary Books in a paperback edition with the same interior pages and a new cover--a photo of my greenhouse back in Cochection Center, New York (that's my mango tree germinated from a pit left in the compost heap in January, where the heat initiated the seed to grow. OOPs!


The Indoor Window Garden (1990): This book was a guide to more than fifty beautiful and unusual plants that flourish under the conditions provided by a window that receives good winter light (especially when the glass is clean). I drew a number of full-page pen and ink drawings of the plants (grown especially for this book), but Contemporary Books (either by mistake or by choice) reproduced the drawings larger than the size provided, hence cutting off much of each picture. And that was in the era when publishers actually paid a bit of attention to their books. OOPs!


A Year of Flowers (1989): Here's how to grow over 150 flowering plants, including annuals, perennials, bulbs, wildflowers, everlastings, and a host of house plants. It's a month-by-month salute to flowers. Now out-of-print. OOPs!


A World of Plants (1988): A salute to the Missouri Botanical Garden as published by Abrams, featuring lush photographs of this great garden by Kiku Obata and essays by Charlene Bry, Marshall R. Crosby and yours truly. In order to write my section dealing with the a tour of the garden, I was allowed to enter with my own key at 6:30 on a great late spring morning and walked from area to area, continually marvelling at this great institution. OOPs!


American Gardens (1988): A photographic celebration featuring thirty of the finest private gardens from all over the United States. The text focuses on the inspiring details and imaginative solutions that makes these gardens so special and their individual gardeners so unique. OOPs!


The Annual Garden (1987): Listed as on of the 50 great garden books by the National Agricultural Library, the book deals with annual plants both for flowers or foliage and includes many tropicals used as garden annuals. OOPs!


Peter Loewer's Month-by-Month Garden Almanac (1983): Every day in the garden should be a day of adventure, whethere it's a suburban half-acre or a sunny windowsill that expresses your particular love of the good earth, foliage, fragrance, and bloom. OOPs!


Growing Plants in Water (1981): Six years after the first edition of The Inddor Water Gardener's How-to Handbook was published I received an offer from Penquin Books in London to write an English edition adding new plants and new illustrations to the American edition published in 1973. So thanks to my American editor Richard Winslow of Walker Books in New York City, I went to London for a short trip and came home once again in wonder at the English gardens I saw. I was just about to write "OOPs!" but wonder of wonders, Sky Horse Publishing has asked be to do an entirely new book on the subject of growing plants in water.


Evergreens: A Guide for Landscape, Lawn and Garden (1981): The first non-technical book dedicated to the four-season enjoyment of evergreens--both needle-bearing and broadleafed varieties, with over 300 varieties described in detail. OOPs!


Growing and Decorating with Grasses (1977): The first popular book on using ornamental grasses in the garden and as additions to floral arrangements and bouquets. OOPs!


Seeds and Cuttings (1975): For every gardener who wants to reproduce a prized plant, for any gardener dismayed by the high cost of buying plants then Seeds and Cuttings is the answer. OOPs!


Wildflower Perennials for Your Garden (1976): Bebe Miles of wildflower fame wrote this wonderful book back when wildflowers were considered by be native pests that stood in the way of truly carefully crafted gardens and lawns. Bebe chose 100 of her (and my) favorite wildflowers. OOPs!


Bringing the Outdoors In (1974): All about growing a wide variety of perennials, annuals, bulbs, orchids, native plants, and imaginative house plants indoors using window greenhouses. Named by House Beautiful the best garden book of 1974. OOPs!


The Indoor Water Gardener's How-to Handbook (1973): A book about hydroponics for house plants featuring over 150 plant varieties that not only survive, but grow in water, whether on a windowsill, decorating a wall, or flourishing under artificial light. OOPs!


Children's Books, all Illustrated by Jean Jenkins

The Moonflower - a children's garden book

The Moonflower (1997): When the sun sets and the moon shimmers above, the night comes alive. Bats swoop, hawkmoths flit, owls hunt, and the moonflower unfurls for its one night in the moonlight. This is a great book to introduce children to the marvels of nature, wonders that seem to come alive when the sun begins to set. Still in print!


Pond Water Zoo (1996): A drop of pond water is crowded with thousands of living things too small to be seen by the human eye. Diatoms live in beautifully etched glass like shells while algaes float effortlessly in the water like long strings of green pearls.Pond Water Zoo brings this world within the reach of anyone with a simple microscope and a glass of pond water. OOPs!


The Inside-Out Stomach (1990): From the one-celled amoeba to the largest invertebrate, the giant, fifty-foot squid, here's a book about all those animals that exist without the backbones that make standing upright such an easy thing for human beings (not to mention dogs and cats), to do. OOPs!




Peter Loewer ~ The Wild Gardener ~ Asheville ~ NC ~ email The Wild Gardener


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