My Books


Below are descriptions of books that I have authored. If you are interested in purchasing an autographed copy please email me.

Bulbs for Garden Habitats Bulbs For Garden Habitats Timber Press, 2005. $29.95
This book offers a new approach to planting bulbs, based on matching the plants to the garden habitats where they'll thrive and return year after year. Advocating a more natural approach through careful study of a garden's habitat and the bulbs' cultural needs, it suggests adapting the planting scheme to the environment, rather than the usual fall ritual of planting bulbs by the bushel, to flower the first spring but sometimes poorly or never again after that. Choices based on climate and local ecology result in gardens that truly belong where they are sited, and dividends in the form of healthy, thriving bulbs.

" I find the approach chosen by Judy Glattstein innovative and fascinating, the text competent and entertaining."

Herbert Frei, Zurich, Switzerland

"She offers a new approach to incorporating bulbs based on matching the plants to the garden habitats where they will have the best chance of thriving."

Book News, Inc., May 2005

"[Glattstein's] image-filled prose style... manages to educate and entertain concurrently."

Lillie Dorchak, Hunterdon County Democrat May 26, 2005

Consider the Leaf: Foliage for Garden Design Consider the Leaf: Foliage for Garden Design Timber Press, 2003. $24.95
Foliage is the workhorse of garden design, useful in sun or shade, and throughout the year. While perennials flower for a relatively brief portion of the growing season, foliage endures. Using long-lasting foliage as the foundation provides a simple, easy way to enhance your garden's design. "Consider the Leaf" explores the diversity of leaf shapes, size, textures and colors, and how best to combine them to create attractive gardens. An increased awareness and understanding of foliage allows you to add interest to the garden month after month, as you discover the many ways foliage can be used to create a variety of effects from subtle to dramatic. More than 100 photographs provide illustrative examples. Gardeners and landscape designers alike will find this a lively, information-rich, and above all, a useful book.

"A substantial read for serious gardeners." - Bookseller, January 17, 2003

"Writing in an engaging style that should inspire gardeners regardless of skill level, . . . Glattstein shows her value as an instructor." - Booklist, January 9, 2003

Sold Out Made for the Shade Barron's Educational Series, 1998. $14.95
Here's reliable information and commonsense advice on creating a beautiful garden under trees and in the shade of buildings. An explanation of the dynamics of shady gardens, and coping with shady sites with wet or dry conditions provides basic information that will assist you in selecting plants for the shady garden of your dreams. There are separate chapters on perennials, shrubs, bulbs, ground covers and more. An appendix on attracting birds to the shady garden and another on coping with deer make this book more than just another plant guide. Approximately 200 full-color photos illustrate a wide range of plants and garden arrangement to help you choose the ones that will please you most.

Flowering Bulbs for Dummies Flowering Bulbs For DummiesŪ IDG Books Worldwide, 1998. $16.99
This book is for gardeners savvy enough to know there's always more to learn. Get all the dirt on growing brilliant flowering bulbs from traditional tulips to exotic fritillaria and many, many more. With down-to-earth advice and step-by-step instructions, you'll quickly and easily make any space more colorful with bulbs. Whether you are on new ground with bulb gardening or firmly rooted in this perennial passion, here's one guide that's sure to help. To every season from winter's end into spring, right through summer and into fall - bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs are those buried treasures that will beautify your garden (but only if you plant them first!)

Enhance Your Garden with Japanese Plants Enhance Your Garden With Japanese Plants. Kodansha America, 1996. $25.00
Azaleas, flowering cherry trees, peony, lily, pachysandra - for centuries Japan has been the source of some of the most popular and commonplace plants in our gardens. Useful for both novice and expert gardener alike, my book will help you find trees and shrubs, woodland perennials and sun-loving herbaceous plants, vines and ground covers, even plants for rock and water gardens to beautify your garden regardless of its style. My book describes hundreds of plants with useful information on how to select and care for them. Information on the climate and geography of Japan will help you match plants to your growing conditions whether you live in the hot and humid Southeast or chilly North country. Nearly three dozen color pictures and 33 black and white botanical illustrations accompany the in-depth descriptions of the plants.

Waterscaping Waterscaping: Plants and Ideas for... Storey Books, 1994. $18.95
Do you have a soggy spot in your lawn, or a swale or ditch that is occasionally wet and sometimes dry? Often considered a problem, you can create a beautiful, flower-filled garden in places such as these. My book on water gardening explores the whole range of wet sites. There is lots of information about designing and planting pools and ponds. As well, there is information about both sunny and shady sites with moist to wet soil: wet meadows, marshes, swamps and bogs. There's even a chapter on water gardening in containers, another chapter that takes you on "visits" to a handful of water gardens both large and small. Information on how to plant and care for water gardens gives you necessary advice to maintain the water garden right from the start. Colorful illustrations and line drawings add to the book's appeal.

Sold Out The American Gardener's World of Bulbs Little, Brown and Company, 1994. $24.95
It is unfortunate that too many gardeners pay attention only to spring-flowering bulbs. This attractive book with 90 color illustrations explores a wide diversity of familiar and uncommon bulbs for the circle of seasons. It begins in late winter and early spring, and includes the big three of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. There is a chapter on native North American bulbs, several chapters on hardy and tender summer bulbs before concluding with autumn flowering bulbs. Basic information on buying, planting, and tending bulbs accompanies information on how to place and combine bulbs with other plants. This book emphasizes how to design a garden using bulbs in combination with other plants throughout the year. Filled with practical information and fascinating horticultural lore.

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