With winter comes a slumbering landscape and the time to read about all things gardening. I look forward to my issue of Canadian Gardening in mid winter, which is sufficiently full of the promise of spring. However, I wanted to pass along a book that I read a year or so back, called The Nonstop Garden. This book co- written by Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner, is really a delight for both beginning gardeners and experienced, to understand and play with the fundamentals of an effective garden. The book chronicles and celebrates the benefits of mixed borders through simple plans , smart plant choices and easy to follow concepts. The photos are contemporary and fresh, the language is clear and friendly, very appealing, I would think, to the folks who come in to the greenhouse and want to design a garden, but feel quite overwhelmed. I appreciate how this book does not promote specific garden designs or themes( English cottage, zen , prairie) but rather encourages the gardener to choose plants that will suit the environment yet work hard to impress for the whole growing season.

The lessons from the book are many but ultimately , a garden of diversity is one that will be more colourful, more bountiful, more healthy and more pleasurable.