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The Gardeners A - Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom

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Why do gardeners start plants from seed instead of just buying a flat of seedlings from their local nursery? Necessity. Seedlings of unusual or exotic plants simply aren't available at garden stores, but they are available in seed. Then there's the cost factor. A few packets of seeds are much cheaper than dozens upon dozens of seedlings. And finally there's the plants' health to consider. Plants grown from seed get a healthy start that can almost guarantee you a magnificent display in your garden. The Gardener's ...

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Overview

Why do gardeners start plants from seed instead of just buying a flat of seedlings from their local nursery? Necessity. Seedlings of unusual or exotic plants simply aren't available at garden stores, but they are available in seed. Then there's the cost factor. A few packets of seeds are much cheaper than dozens upon dozens of seedlings. And finally there's the plants' health to consider. Plants grown from seed get a healthy start that can almost guarantee you a magnificent display in your garden. The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom will teach you everything you need to know to germinate and grow more than 500 types of flowering plants. For every plant listed you'll find precise information on whether it will do well in your part of the country; how to sow seeds indoors and outdoors; when to transplant indoor seedlings out in the garden; what light, soil, and spacing requirements are necessary; general plant care; when you can expect the plants to flower; how to encourage more blooms; and how to propagate your plants by cutting, division, layering, or detaching runners.

The book also features more than 500 full-color flower photographs. A quick-reference chart outlines bloom time, color, height, and site requirements for more than 1,000 species, making this book an indispensable reference for planning and planting fabulous gardens.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book is a flower lover’s guide to growing 542 of the most popular annuals, perennials and bulbs.” – Flowers & Herbs

“Powell's book is a guide to growing 542 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Each entry has information on the plant's botanic name, common name, description (appearance, size, color, and best use in the garden), zones in which the genus can be grown, flowering season, sowing, germination, transplanting, care, propagation, and the best combination of flowers. The guide also contains a photo gallery of all the plants and a planning chart for selecting 1,487 species by height, color, and bloom time.”

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Packed with useful and comprehensive information, these first two titles in Storey's new "Potting Bench" reference series will be a boon to gardeners who enjoy starting plants from seed. First self-published in 1991 as Gardening at a Glance and then reissued in 1994 as The Organic Gardener's Home Reference, Denckla's updated work covers organically growing 765 varieties of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. She opens with general information on organic gardening and then provides exhaustive horticultural details in entries arranged by common name. These entries include scientific name, culture, siting, size, first and last seed-starting dates, insects/pests, storage, and suggested varieties. Fruit and nut entries offer bearing age and pruning recommendations. The next section offers remedies for organically controlling 201 pests and diseases. Each pest/disease entry includes a description, plants affected, geographic occurrence, signs, and organic remedies. However, the gardener must first determine which pest/disease is causing the trouble; unfortunately, there are no photographs to aid in identification. The thoroughly revised appendixes include a short section on the new National Organic Standards adopted in 2000. Powell, the proprietor of a landscaping firm that specializes in small gardens, addresses how to grow 542 annuals, perennials, grasses, bulbs, and climbers from seed and ferns from spores. After introductory material on how to start and care for seedlings, Powell comes to the heart of her book: A-to-Z entries arranged by genus. Each entry features genus description, plant type, hardiness zones, and sowing and germination requirements, as well as detailed information on transplanting, culture, propagation, and suggested combinations with other plants. The third section offers small color photographs of selected plants. The fourth section is a species chart briefly citing size, hardiness, and cultural information. Appendixes include seed sources, native plant societies, and a common names index. Concise, easy to use, and nicely laid out, these two titles are recommended for horticulture and public libraries. Buy extra copies for circulation.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175173
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 324,245
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Powell is the proprietor of Secret Gardens Landscaping, a small business that specializes in the design, implementation and maintenance of small gardens. She is involved in all areas of the business, including landscape design, manual labor and customer relations. Her goal involves helping the client develop his or her own garden—keeping personal style in mind—and then working to make that dream garden blossom. Her knowledge and experience adds a great deal of insight to her book, From Seed to Bloom, a one-step guide to growing over 500 annuals, perennials, and herbs. Eileen has a certificate in landscape design from George Washington University. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Creating Successful Gardens 4
Part 1 Starting from Seed 7
Part 2 An A-Z of Garden Plants 38
Part 3 A Photo Gallery of Garden Plants 368
Part 4 Garden Planning Charts by Species 433
Appendixes
Bulb, Plant, and Seed Mail-Order Suppliers 485
Native Plant Societies 494
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 499
AHS Plant Heat Zones 500
Average Last Frost Dates 501
Glossary 502
Metric Conversion Chart 503
Common to Botanic Names 504
Botanic Synonyms 523
Index to Part One 527
Acknowledgements 528
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    A must have book for anyone gardening .

    One of the most useful books I ever purchased. I use it for everything from buying the seeds or plants to picking and sharing. Love the picture in a separate section, helpful index, very nicely organized,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    This is one of my all-time favorite gardening books. I refer to

    This is one of my all-time favorite gardening books. I refer to it so often that I've worn it out. I came hoping to find an ebook version, but unfortunately, it isn't available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    A seasoned horticulturist

    The author is a seasoned horticulturist, however the book fails to mention what she is seasoned with.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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