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

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

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by Eileen Powell
     
 

Plan a flower garden for season-long beauty and color with this comprehensive guide to growing 541 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Plant-by-plant descriptions include specific growing instructions and precise information on regional suitability, so you can pick the species that will bloom brightest under your garden’s unique conditions. With at-a-glance

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Plan a flower garden for season-long beauty and color with this comprehensive guide to growing 541 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Plant-by-plant descriptions include specific growing instructions and precise information on regional suitability, so you can pick the species that will bloom brightest under your garden’s unique conditions. With at-a-glance design planner lists and full-color photographs of more than 500 flowers, this essential reference source is sure to find a prized place on your potting bench.

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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.”

Booklist

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580175173
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
548,939
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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Gardeners A - Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author is a seasoned horticulturist, however the book fails to mention what she is seasoned with.