Best Bulbs for the Prairies

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Filled with colour photographs and essential information for growing all types of bulbs suitable for the prairie garden, Best Bulbs for the Prairies is an excellent resource and an inspiration for gardeners of all interests and skill levels.

Features details on bulb selection and planting, spring, summer, and fall-blooming bulbs, growth cycles, landscaping with bulbs, naturalizing, container gardening, fertilizing, charts, illustrations, and ...

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Overview

Filled with colour photographs and essential information for growing all types of bulbs suitable for the prairie garden, Best Bulbs for the Prairies is an excellent resource and an inspiration for gardeners of all interests and skill levels.

Features details on bulb selection and planting, spring, summer, and fall-blooming bulbs, growth cycles, landscaping with bulbs, naturalizing, container gardening, fertilizing, charts, illustrations, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894004619
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/6/2001
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Leatherbarrow is a freelance gardening writer.

Reynolds is a freelance gardening writer.

Buzik, born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.

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Table of Contents

Foreword VIII
Acknowledgments IX
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 What are Bulbs? 3
True Bulbs 5
Corms 7
Tubers 7
Rhizomes 8
Tuberous Roots 9
Chapter 3 Landscaping with Bulbs 11
Color 11
Bulbs in the Border 12
Formal Bulb Plantings 12
Mixed Borders 15
Spring Border Design 15
Summer Border Design 18
Fall Border Design 19
The Naturalized Bulb Garden 19
The Naturalized Woodland 21
Bulbs and Grasses 22
Rock Gardens 25
Container Gardens 26
Spring Bulbs in Containers 27
Summer Bulbs in Containers 30
Cutting Gardens 30
Conditioning Cut Flowers 31
Chapter 4 Buying Bulbs 33
You Get What You Pay For! 34
When to Buy Bulbs 35
Buying Bulbs from Garden Centers 35
Buying Bulbs from Mail-order Catalogues 36
Chapter 5 Planting Bulbs 39
When to Plant 40
How to Plant 40
Chapter 6 Caring for Bulbs 45
Watering 45
Fertilizing 46
Mulching 48
Staking 49
Deadheading and Ripening Foliage 49
Pests and Diseases 51
Lifting and Storing Tender Bulbs 54
Division and Propagation 55
Chapter 7 Indoor Bulbs 57
Chapter 8 Bulbs for Prairie Gardens 63
Hardy Bulbs 63
Allium (ornamental onion) 64
Anemonella (rue anemone) 68
Arisaema (Jack-in-the-pulpit) 70
Bulbocodium (spring meadow saffron) 71
Chionodoxa (glory-of-the-snow) 73
Colchicum (autumn crocus) 75
Convallaria (lily-of-the-valley) 77
Corydalis (tuberous corydalis) 79
Crocus (crocus) 81
Fritillaria (fritillary) 84
Galanthus (snowdrop) 87
Iris (iris) 89
Liatris (gayfeather) 95
Lilium (lily) 97
Muscari (grape hyacinth) 102
Narcissus (daffodil) 105
Nectaroscordum (nectaroscordum) 112
Puschkinia (striped squill) 114
Sanguinaria (bloodroot) 115
Scilla (squill) 117
Trillium (wakerobin) 119
Tulipa (tulip) 121
Borderline Bulbs 130
Anemone (windflower) 130
Camassia (camass) 133
Eranthis (winter aconite) 134
Eremurus (foxtail lily) 136
Erythronium (dog's-tooth violet) 138
Hyacinthoides (bluebell) 140
Hyacinthus (hyacinth) 142
Ixiolirion (ixia lily) 144
Leucojum (snowflake) 146
Ornithogalum (star-of-Bethlehem) 147
Oxalis (wood sorrel) 149
Triteleia (triteleia) 151
Tender Bulbs 152
Begonia (tuberous begonia) 154
Canna (canna) 157
Dahlia (dahlia) 159
Gladiolus (gladiola) 165
References 169
Index 171
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