Annuals and Perennials: A Gardener's Encyclopedia

Annuals and Perennials: A Gardener's Encyclopedia

by Geoff Bryant, Tony Rodd
     
 

How to choose the best from over 1,300 annuals and perennials.

The choice of annuals and perennials at any nursery is overwhelming, to say the least. Annuals and Perennials contains all the information needed to make the right choice from the enormous number of plants available. With its compact and easy-to-use format, the book is

Overview

How to choose the best from over 1,300 annuals and perennials.

The choice of annuals and perennials at any nursery is overwhelming, to say the least. Annuals and Perennials contains all the information needed to make the right choice from the enormous number of plants available. With its compact and easy-to-use format, the book is perfect to take along to the nursery.

Using the comprehensive plant-selection tables, gardeners can see at a glance the most important characteristics of more than 1,300 annuals and perennials, helping them make the best choice for their garden's appearance and cultivation requirements.

The first part of Annuals and Perennials is the plant tables, which are organized by species name and list the plant's characteristics. These are:

  • Height and spread
  • Perennial, biennial or annual
  • Full sun, half-sun, heavy shade
  • Cool, warm-temperate, subtropical or tropical
  • Flowering and planting season
  • Showy foliage, showy flowers, scented flowers
  • Frost tolerance
  • Bromeliad, carnivorous, gesneriad or none of these
  • Suitability to container planting
  • Indoor use

Having chosen a plant from the table, the gardener then turns to the book's second part, which describes the more than 1,300 species, cultivars and hybrids in greater detail. This includes growing zones and common names, as well as the plants' origins, color variations, growth habit (whether, for example, the plant spreads rapidly), propagation techniques, recommended uses, problem parasites or diseases, and extra cultivation notes. Color photographs illustrate a select number of plants.

Perennials and annuals play an important role in the garden. They can provide season-long, even yearlong, greenery and blooms. With Annuals and Perennials, any gardener will be able to choose the right plant for the right place—and that is the key to a beautiful and successful garden.

Editorial Reviews

Inc. National Garden Clubs
The authors and publisher should be congratulated for their brilliant idea of dividing this plant encyclopedia into two volumes, according to the types of plants. The handy size and plastic cover of the books make them ideal for fieldwork, as well as indoor research.
Booklist
This is an encyclopedia of annuals and perennials with the gardener in mind.... Each page is bursting with beautiful photographs.
Book News
This is an encyclopedia of annuals and perennials with the gardener in mind.... Each page is bursting with beautiful photographs.
American Reference Books Annual 2012 - Susan C. Awe
This sturdy but compact handbook will help gardeners select outstanding flowers for every spot... More than 500 terrific color photographs add interest and help in visualizing what the plant will look like in your garden... Sturdy enough to take to the nursery.
Library Journal
Nurserymen Bryant and Rodd (coauthors, The Plant Finder: The Right Plants for Every Garden) present a compact, sturdy encyclopedia that is easy to use for plant lookup and identification. In the first section, tables, organized alphabetically by genus and species name, offer brief, at-a-glance information, which is expanded in the second section, featuring over 1300 species of annuals and perennials, with their cultivars and hybrids. Each entry here presents color photographs and a written description to provide full identification. There is coverage of recommended use in the landscape, growth requirements, geographic origin, and propagation. The coverage is comprehensive; the book includes plants from all over the world, with world hardiness zones to indicate where each species will grow. Indoor cultivation and container planting suggestions are included. The index to plant names lists both scientific and common names. VERDICT This well-designed and practical book deserves a green thumbs-up for public libraries and most gardeners.—Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Dunwoody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554078370
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
02/20/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
526,436
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Rodd is a former Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a freelance consultant for the last 25 years, specializing in plant identification, as well as writing about plants, photographing them, and acting as editorial consultant for reference books.

Geoff Bryant is a New Zealand-based horticultural writer and photographer and was a plant propagator and nurseryman for some 10 years. He has written 11 books, including several widely sold plant propagation handbooks, as well as numerous magazine articles illustrated with his own photographs.

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