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Illustrated with Hinkley's own splendid photographs as well as those of Lynne Harrison, this new ...
Illustrated with Hinkley's own splendid photographs as well as those of Lynne Harrison, this new paperback edition includes a new preface by the author and a completely updated list of sources for plant material.
"Hinkley is in the old breed of plant-hunter, one who hoofs about the globe with little more than a trowel and a trusty leather carry-all to hold his botanic treasures."
"The Ogdens put plants first when designing gardens and have assembled a photo-rich book filled with plant ideas, where they'd best flourish and in what kind of gardens. Their holistic approach embraces people, places and the natural world."
"[Hinkley] traps us with his eloquent, spot-on descriptions as cleverly as a Dutchman's pipe bloom lures, traps, then releases its pollinators."
"Hinkley, like all serious gardeners, knows that to understand how a plant behaves you must first see how it grows in its native environment."
"The armchair traveler will relish the quotes from [Hinkley's] travel journal which introduce each chapter; the horticulturalist will be caught up in the text, which describes the origins and hybrids of an array of perennials."
“Through his poetic writing, Hinkley’s passion for discovering great plants and facilitating their introduction to mainstream horticulture is evident on each page … a must-have for plant collectors.”
I only recently began growing true Rheum palmatum, a species native to China and, in its typical white-flowered form, infrequently cultivated. Having brought this back from a collecting foray to England, I use the plant to good effect in my light woodland, where it produces gigantic, Gunnera-like foliage in matte green and erect flowering panicles of white rising to 6 ft. (1.8 m) or higher. Certainly the best-known of the ornamental rhubarbs is this species's red-flowering cultivar, R. palmatum 'Atrosanguineum'. With a flair for the dramatic, 'Atrosanguineum' awakens in early spring with ruby-red foliage, which conjures nothing short of pure, unadulterated anticipation for what is to come. As the jagged leaves unfurl to nearly 3 ft. (0.9 m) across, the reddish tints of the upper surfaces take on a patina of aged copper, while the undersurfaces retain an intensity of matte rose-red. I am held spellbound in the early days of May when the fresh, upwardly held leaves, backlit by sun, capture and illuminate a palette of arresting colors and textures. Yet the show has only just begun, as in early June a massive flowering stem heads skyward, carrying large, knobby buds sheathed with scarlet bracts. After the stems reach upward to 7 ft. (2.1 m), the buds unfurl to create an airy spectacle of crimson flowers with cerise overtones. If good seed set occurs, an additional season of interest continues with numerous glossy red, triangular fruit dangling from this treelike inflorescence, Several other selected cultivars of R. palmatum are available, including 'Red Herald' and 'Hadspen Crimson' (both by Eric Smith) and 'Red Select'. I should mention that the distinctive foliage shape and color is more a product of patience than of simply acquiring a good clone. Foliage on young plants is less lobed and less colorful than on mature specimens.
|Ch. 1||Woodland Ranunculids: Anemone, Anemonella, Anemonopsis, Ranunculus, Trollius, and Glaucidium||27|
|Ch. 2||On the Vine: The Climbing Aconites||54|
|Ch. 3||Berries and Bugbanes: Actaea, Beesia, and Cimicifuga||60|
|Ch. 4||Hepatica: Liverworts and Island Treasures||76|
|Ch. 5||Beyond Frilly Filler: The Genus Thalictrum||85|
|Ch. 6||Berberidaceous Botany||94|
|Ch. 7||Corydalis: Jewels in Many Hues||124|
|Ch. 8||Woodland Poppies||137|
|Ch. 9||Rheums with a View: The Ornamental Rhubarbs||152|
|Ch. 10||Cuckoo for Cardamine: Cardamine, Pachyphragma, and Wasabia||164|
|Ch. 12||The Herbaceous Aralias||180|
|Ch. 13||The Ubiquitous Umbellifers||184|
|Ch. 14||Herbaceous Hydrangeas: Cardiandra, Deinanthe, and Kirengeshoma||200|
|Ch. 15||Singular Saxifrages: Chrysosplenium, Mukdenia, and Peltoboykinia||208|
|Ch. 16||Bodacious Bounty: Rodgersia and Darmera||216|
|Ch. 17||The Prickly Rhubarbs: Gunnera||226|
|Ch. 18||The Lesser Lathyrus||233|
|Ch. 19||Far and Away from 'Johnson's Blue': The Hardy Geraniums||241|
|Ch. 20||Shrieking Solanoids: Mandragora and Scopolia||259|
|Ch. 21||Starry Charms: Omphalodes and Myosotidium||264|
|Ch. 22||Comely Composites: Syneilesis and Ainsliaea||271|
|Ch. 23||Birthworts and Wild Gingers: Asarum and Saruma||276|
|Ch. 24||Enchanting Jacks: Arisaema and Pinellia||288|
|Ch. 25||The Wooded Lilies: Fairy Bells and Solomon's Seals||308|
|Ch. 26||Gargantuan Lilies: The Genus Cardiocrinum||342|
|Ch. 27||Boggy Beauties: Helonias and Heloniopsis||346|
|Ch. 28||Paris in the Springtime: The Genera Paris, Trillidium, and Scoliopus||348|
|U.S.D.A. Hardiness Zone Map||359|
|Mail-Order Sources of Plant Material||360|