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Grow Cool Flowers in Cold Weather

Pittsburgh, Pa. (August 26, 2014): Is there a magic formula for having an early spring garden that’s just bursting with color? To get the jump on the blooming season, plant “hardy annuals,” says cut-flower farmer Lisa Ziegler in her book, Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques (St. Lynn’s Press, September 2014).

Hardy annuals – like Snapdragons, Sweet Peas and Bells of Ireland – are the ones that will bloom early and stay late when you start them in fall and winter. No need to wait until the warmth of spring to plant (and lose half the season). Our grandmothers’ generation knew how to cultivate these tough, beautiful, long-lasting flowers. Now, Ziegler re-introduces the simple, tried-and-true techniques for today’s gardener and profiles 30 of her favorite flowers. Gardeners will be rewarded with a low-maintenance, pollinator-friendly floral display that keeps on blooming when the “tender annuals” are dead and gone.

Filled with luscious color photography, easy-to-follow growing tips, and a 60-page “flower-by-flower” plant guide, Cool Flowers is the book for new and experienced gardeners looking to create low-maintenance, beautiful spring and summer gardens.

What others are saying about Cool Flowers:
“Where was this book when I began gardening? Goodness knows, I needed help choosing the best annuals for my garden. Lisa Ziegler knows her hardy annuals, those that can survive winter temperatures and light up the border in spring, and the ones that still perk up the garden come the 4th of July.”
~ Dee Nash, author of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide

“Lisa Ziegler’s valuable tips for success with hardy annuals will extend your garden’s blooming season, no matter where you live. If you want to make the most of all seasons in your garden, Cool Flowers is a must-have. “
~ Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet

Lisa Mason Zeigler is an author, speaker, and renowned expert on cut-flower gardening. Zeigler began flower farming in 1998. Currently, she produces over 15,000 stems a week in season from her one-and-a-quarter acre cutting garden. Her Gardener’s Workshop, an online garden website, launched in 2005. Zeigler resides in Newport News, Virginia with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Babs. Visit and for more information.


About the Book:

Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques
Lisa Mason Ziegler
ISBN: 978-0-9892688-1-3
$17.95 US/ $18.95 Canada
Hardcover, 160 pages
St. Lynn’s Press

St. Lynn’s Press is located in the eclectic South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh: 3846 South Water Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. For additional information, please contact us by phone (412) 381 9933 or fax (412) 381 9935. Or visit our website,