Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden

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Contents include the best planting ideas and effective plant associations for year-round colour and interest, over 400 full-colour photographs by the author, examples of seasonal displays for containers and mixed beds for all situations, invaluable plant directories to help you to select the best species for maximum effect, and essential information on hardiness and cultivation, plus helpful hints and tips.
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Overview

Contents include the best planting ideas and effective plant associations for year-round colour and interest, over 400 full-colour photographs by the author, examples of seasonal displays for containers and mixed beds for all situations, invaluable plant directories to help you to select the best species for maximum effect, and essential information on hardiness and cultivation, plus helpful hints and tips.
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Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Photographs of Adrian Bloom's mature six-acre garden, Fogy Bottom, will inspire you to design with a better balance of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, ferns, and grasses. The plant combinations described show how bark, stem, and foliage color work together with flowers, and the seasonal plant directories are chock-full of information about growth rates, shapes, hardiness zones, and choice cultivars. This book belongs in every gardener's library.
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Color photos, taken by Bloom (holder of the Victoria Medal of Monor for service to horticulture), beautifully showcase his six-acre garden throughout the year as he discusses the challenges of each season, his favorite plants and plant associations, and how his ideas can be applied to smaller gardens. Two plant directories (one for autumn, winter, and early spring and the other for late spring and summer) detail his personal selection of the best plants for trees, shrubs, conifers, perennials, ferns, grasses, and alpines. Previously published by Harper Collins in two separate volumes (Winter Garden Glory and Summer Garden Glory) in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Oversize: 9.50x11". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881924572
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Bloom is a nurseryman, gardener and writer, and president of the famous Blooms of Bressingham nursery in Norfolk, England. Adrian's father founded the Blooms nursery in 1926. The father and son are internationally known for the unique varieties of perennials that they personally introduced to many American gardeners. Adrian also shares with his father the distinction of holding the Royal Horticultural Society's coveted Victoria Medal of Honour. The Blooms are the only father and son ever to be honored this way at the same time. Adrian was also one of the youngest horticulturists ever to be awarded the medal.

For 30 years Adrian has developed the superb "Foggy Bottom" garden, adjacent to Bressingham Gardens, which exemplifies the art of successful plant associations. The six-acre garden demonstrates the heart of his philosophy, planning and planting for continual change in the garden. This change ensures enduring interest throughout the year, whatever the size of the garden. "Foggy Bottom" is known for its display of year-round color and for having one of the largest collections of conifers in the United Kingdom. Bloom specialized in conifers early in his career, and uses his expertise to creatively combine conifers with companion plants.

Adrian travels all over the world developing the Blooms of Bressingham business and finding and researching suitable new garden plants. He appears on television frequently, and has written several gardening books, including Blooms of Bressingham Garden Plants. He continues to educate the gardening public about plants and their uses in even the smallest gardens.
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Autumn colour does not depend only upon the changing foliage of trees and shrubs or the brightness of berries. The autumn-flowering plants give splashes of concentrated colour that foliage on its own cannot provide. Prime among these must be groups like the asters and dendranthemas, both members of the daisy family (the latter a recent and unfortunate name change from the better known chrysanthemums, but one which we will have to get used to). In these two enormous familes alone there is a bewildering choice. The asters vary in colour and type, from plants growing less than 30cm/12in to over 2m/6ft, and add immeasurably to the autumn garden. Their small but abundant, daisy-like flowers can be white to pink, red and purple and there are yellow ones, too. The dendranthemas mostly originated in the Far East but have been greatly interbred in Europe and the U.S.A. as flowers for cutting, pot plants and garden plants. Single flowers, doubles and pompom types are all available to gardeners in almost all the colours of the rainbow. Many of the older varieties are too tall for today's gardens, but brilliant colour can be found that will provide cheerful autumn colours until severe frosts herald winter.

Among the perennials there are plenty of other stalwarts to choose from. The late-flowering, South African native kniphofia (red hot poker), for instance, adds colour and exotic brilliance. Schizostylis (Kaffir lily), which originated from the same part of the world, makes spreading clumps of spiky, iris-like foliage. Its flowering stems resemble miniature gladioli and come into flower when most perennials have finished. With a succession of delicate flowers in white, pink or red, they areexcellent in the garden and for cutting . . .

If you have an acid soil, autumn-flowering gentians make an unsurpassable show. I am referring primarily to the carpet-forming Gentiana-sino-ornata (see image on the left) types, the blue trumpets of which create sheets of colour in moist, acid soils, although there are also selections of paler hues and even whites now available. Sedums, both alpine and larger perennial types, add not only succulent foliage of various hues, but heads of colourful, pink and red flowers that are a drug for butterflies and some bees. The flat heads of Sedum spectabile and S. telephium have winter interest, too. Nerines have spherical, wavy-petalled, pink to red, occasionally white, flowers which may appear before or after the leaves.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
About Foggy Bottom 10
The "Quiet" Seasons 16
Winter Colour 62
Directory of Plants for Autumn, Winter and Early Spring 90
The "Busy" Seasons 146
Summer Colour 198
Directory of Plants for Late Spring and Summer 218
Bibliography and Index 282
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