Perennially Yours presents The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists, Top Tens Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens, and The Smart Plant Shopper's Top Ten Lists EBook by Kerry Ann Mendez

I am thrilled to finally share in books what I have learned about perennial gardening over the past twenty-five years.   Many of you have helped me in the learning curve.  Thank you!
I've rolled up my garden sleeves and have written three books, two softcover books and one eBook.

*The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists
published in March 2011
*Top Tens for Beautiful Shade Gardens released in March 2011
*The Smart Plant Shopper’s Top Ten Lists for Exceptional Perennials, Shrubs, Annuals and 
  More for Zones 3 – 7
published in January 2012. 
Please see the book review below by Chicago Botanic Garden. 

Softcover books may be purchased for a special price by credit card or check.  See below. 
The new ebook can be ordered from; Google and Barnes & Noble.  See below.

If you have any questions please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (207)502-7228.
The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists - 70 Garden-Transforming Lists, Money Saving Shortcuts, Design Tips & Smart Plant Picks for Zones 3 through 7 features 70 lists and strategies for growing gorgeous, low-maintenance gardens. The book features hundreds of powerhouse perennials, flowering shrubs and annuals; proven design tips for  a range of conditions; a monthly garden calendar; organic practices; an insider's tips on saving  money; and garden care shortcuts. A wealth of practical information is delivered in a fun, inspiring manner by a garden designer and teacher of thousands, me.  For a the top ten theme lists and chapters, click here.  260 pages, 51 color photographs, soft cover. Cover price $23.95 BUT I am extending a special offer to Perennially Yours patrons.

Garden writer Kerry Ann Mendez provides valuable information in this work, based on her experiences growing perennials and serving as a garden consultant in the northeastern United States. In the introduction, she reminds the reader of the importance of evaluating the specific environment for plantings before their selection. She then reviews her favorite plants for various purposes, sites, flower, and foliage. The reader will appreciate her special tips on garden design and care, as well as strategies for dealing with garden pests. On the practical side, there is a listing of useful money-saving gardening suggestions, which include buying from mail-order companies.— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden.

Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens: Seeing Your Way Out of the Dark. 52 Garden-Transforming Lists for Smart Plant Picks, Design Tips, and Garden Care Shortcuts. Cool, soothing, lush shade gardens. They're magical. Unfortunately achieving these can be frustrating and elusive for many. Not any more. With the same straight-forward, cut-to-the-chase manner that I wrote my first book, I penned this illuminating reference containing 52 top ten lists ranging from perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, evergreens, ornamental grasses, bulbs and more that dance in the shade. 190 pages, 55 color photographs, soft cover. Cover price $21.95 but special offer below.

Both books provide 'I wish I had known' tried and true gardening solutions for gorgeous, low-maintenance perennial gardens including how to jump-start gardens in spring and extend fall color. My bottom-line lists include what plants thrive in specific locations; time-saving tools and maintenance shortcuts; the best defensive strategies for offensive lines of rabbits, deer, voles, chipmunks and slugs; rewarding design tips and plant combinations; and money-saving angles. Plant lists also include design tips and cultural advice. Chapter Six in both books features colorful photographs of outstanding plants as well as garden vignettes. Testimonials provided at the bottom of this page.
My special thanks to the following great plant companies for providing images for this book: Bluestone Perennials, Gardener�s Supply Company, Perennial Resource, Plant Delights Nursery, Pride Corner Farms, Proven Winners, Sunny Border Nurseries

To pay by credit card, debit card or Paypal:

Shade book
  $23 includes shipping

The Ultimate Flower Gardeners Book $25 includes shipping

Purchase The Ultimate Flower Gardeners Book & Shade Book $40 includes shipping

If you'd like the pay by check, Click here to view form. 

My books are for sale at the regular cover prices at the following locations as well as on

Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne, NY  (518) 696-2400. BookEnds Bookstore, 559 Main Street, Winchester, MA. (781) 721.5933.
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.  (518) 489-4761.
Cook and Gardener, 139 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY
The Equinox Nursery,
Route 7A, Manchester, VT  (802) 362-2610
Faddegon's Nursery, 1140 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham
Gardener's Supply Company in Burlington, VT
George's Market, 240 Wade Road Ext., Latham.
Kulak's Nursery and Landscaping, 1615 Route 146 in Rexford
Market Block Books, 290 River Street, Troy, NY.  (518) 328-0045. 
McSherry's Nursery & Garden Center,
Center Conway, NH
Mead's Nursery, 361 Ridge Road, Queensbury, NY.  (518) 792-6533.
Northshire Bookstore
, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT.
Olsen's Garden Center
, 1900 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands. (518) 475-9483
Rosewood Gardens, 2309 State Highway 67, Chalrton, NY  (518) 275-1800.  


The Smart Plant Shopper’s Top Ten Lists for Exceptional Perennials, Shrubs, Annuals and More for Zones 3 – 7 is now for sale. 
This e-book is designed to be a one-of-a-kind shopping tool for picking no-fuss winners at garden centers.  It provides 120 different color plant images along with in-depth information about each plant.  Both sun and shade plants are covered.  Twenty-six lists feature perennials, flowering shrubs, bulbs, climbing vines, groundcovers, annuals and more.  Many lists are updated from those in my first book, The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists.
The ebook sells for $5.99 and can be purchased from, Google and Barnes & Noble. 

Here are some testimonials about my books:

"Kerry's passion for gardening is infectious and she communicates her hands-in-the-soil knowledge in a way that makes it easy for others to join in the fun. This book, from one of the great horticultural educators in North America today, has been long awaited."
Paul Tukey, author of the best selling The Organic Lawn Care Manual and the 2006 American Horticultural Society Gardening Communicator of the Year.

"Whether you've been growing perennials for years or are just getting started, Kerry has helpful tips and techniques you can use."
Jim Childs, Associate Editor, Garden Gate Magazine

"What Julia Childs did for French cooking�Kerry Mendez does for gardening�Making it easy and possible for all to have wonderful gardens despite our individual time constrains and skill levels� Your book shows the how's, what's, and when's of it all. Fabulous!"
Margaret, home garden hobbyist

It tops my list for perennial recommendations in an affordable and easy to use book..... People still buy Tracy di Sabato Aust's large book but many won't pay that price and yours is in first place in the category.  Sally, Lockwood's Garden Center
"Kerry is a garden designer and perennial specialist with whom I have often worked and who I admire and respect deeply for her superior garden abilities. I highly recommend this book."
Keith Davitt, international garden designer, lecturer and author

"LOVE the book! Need another copy for a friend's birthday. Thank you SO much for answering so many of my newbie gardener questions ... there is hope for my garden after all!"

I sent my niece and nephew and great-niece the copies of your books I picked up on Saturday.  I wrote each one of them a note about how useful I have found this book to be and how great you are and how fortunate I am to live so close to you that I can use what you have to offer for perennial gardening.  As I wrote them notes I decided I should write my own book about how great you are and how much your information has meant to me.  I could start with "Ten things I have learned from Kerry Mendez" and then go on to "Ten ways Kerry has helped me with my gardening".  Followed by "Ten Reasons why I wish I had this book ten years ago".  And on and on ending with "Ten reasons I really like Kerry".  I never thought about writing a book but I think this has all kind of possibilities!


"I started your book "awesome" its the best plant bookever! Very easy to understand...I can't put it down...thanks"

I recently attended your talk at Crandall Library, and purchased your book The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists.  I have been reading
        it on and off ever since (just finished it yesterday).  Just wanted to tell you what an incredible resource book this cover everything
        anyone needs to know.  In the spring/summer I am planning to landscape a perennial garden for my sister-in-law.  Although I already had some
        good ideas, your book, with all its lists and helpful hints, will hopefully make the project that much better (actually, much, much better!).  So, 
        thank you for writing such an easy-to-follow guide, full of so much good information and complete with answers to so many basic questions
        one needs to know.  Just wanted you to know.