Magazine article Sunset

Staking Keeps Flower Beds at Their Best

Magazine article Sunset

Staking Keeps Flower Beds at Their Best

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KEEPING FLOPPY OR sprawling plants upright not only makes a garden look well cared for, but also maximizes the impact of a flower border in bloom. The time to stake plants is now, when spring planting begins in earnest.

Here we show seven types of supports, ranging from newly available plastic-coated wire to twiggy prunings. To avoid injuring roots, stake plants when you set them out. As the foliage grows, it will help conceal the supports.

These illustrations are from Perennials, a 112-page Sunset book released this year along with a 96-page book called Annuals. Both publications detail all the techniques that get the most popular garden plants off to a good start and keep them looking their best. They're $8.99 each (plus sales tax for California residents and $2.50 shipping) from Sunset Publishing Corporation, 80 Willow Rd., Menlo Park, Calif. 94025.

Perennials--devoted to nonwoody plants that bloom year after year--starts off with design ideas for maximum color impact. …

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