New to Gardening? I’ve Written a Book Just for You

If you’ve been dreaming of a flower garden this winter, this is the perfect time learn how to do it all, from planning to planting to pruning. Whether you crave a tropical look for the backyard or an elegant container planting for your front porch, I’ve written a book that will get you started and inspire you all year long.

Here’s a peak inside my book.

Chapter One will help you get started on the right foot.
Chapter Two will help you understand how to take an garden idea, refine it, and make it a reality.

Chapter Three will teach you about soil textures and how to know if you need to amend your soil before you plant.
Chapter Four gives you an incredibly useful list of plant options for your Southern garden. Take it with you to the plant store!
A sample page from this chapter, which gives you dozens of ideas for easy-to-find plants, bulbs, and shrubs.
Chapter 5 gets into the details, showing you step-by-step how to plant a flower display using shrubs and a variety of other plant material. I provide you with one planting template for the warm season, and one for the cool season.
This template shows the placement of plants for a warm season planting of flowering shrubs with colorful perennials and annuals. The text that accompanies each template provides lots of detailed instructions to help you understand the “how” and “why” behind each planting. You’ll be able to use the template and instructions to create your own version of this garden bed, or if you love it just the way it is, you can simply copy it!
Chapter Six teaches you how to take care of your garden space through the seasons.
Chapter Seven gives practical advice about how to deal with deer, rabbits, drought, and anything else that might keep you up at night.

Why You Need a Book instead of a Phone as a Garden Companion

I love the fact that you can find great gardening topics and inspiration on instagram and YouTube, but let’s face it, your phone isn’t an ideal partner for anything involving dirt. A book, on the other hand, is much more forgiving if you drop it into the mushroom compost. It would make me very happy to know that there are copies of my book out there, dog-eared and a little smudged with something brown. Many of my old cookbooks have the tell-tale signs of my food adventures as a twenty-something on a limited income. I don’t see anything wrong with throwing my book into your wheelbarrow as you begin a garden project. In fact, it would be an honor to ride along on this journey with you.

Check my website every month for more ideas and photos of projects I’m working on. I’ll soon add a subscription box to make it easy to receive my posts in your in box.

If you want a glimpse of what’s happening in my Georgia garden (where I garden with a cute, but somewhat annoying, herd of deer), follow me on instagram at RoxannWardDesign and feel free to DM with questions!

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