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Gardening with Hardy Heathers

Gardening with Hardy Heathers

by David Small, Ella May T. Wulff
     
 

The sight of a wild landscape covered with heathers in full bloom is breathtaking, so it is little surprise that people have found ways of introducing these rewarding plants into their gardens. Here they excel, offering color in the drabbest months and a huge diversity of height, habit, and other valuable characteristics in return for modest cultural demands. 

Overview


The sight of a wild landscape covered with heathers in full bloom is breathtaking, so it is little surprise that people have found ways of introducing these rewarding plants into their gardens. Here they excel, offering color in the drabbest months and a huge diversity of height, habit, and other valuable characteristics in return for modest cultural demands. 

This comprehensive and highly informative account encompasses the heaths and heathers of the closely related genera Calluna, Daboecia, and Erica, whose shared characteristics and similar cultural requirements make them broadly compatible in a variety of garden situations. These plants have enhanced people's lives for millennia and a full discussion of their naming, uses and other interactions with humans is explored in detail. A fascinating account of the unique ecological niche they occupy – including their remarkable adaptation to make use of the nitrogen and phosphorus unavailable to most other plants – provides a fitting context for discussion of their specific cultural needs. With more than 700 cultivated varieties of Calluna alone, selecting the right heather for the right place can be daunting. The detailed selection of cultivated hardy heathers conveniently provides gardeners with the best garden performers while further lists allow them to search for heathers for specific qualities, such as heat tolerance, ground cover, or early summer blooming. Design options for displaying heathers at their best in the garden are provided along with advice on spacing, pruning, propagation, pests, and diseases.

In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated work, classic wild-collected cultivars are described alongside the latest introductions to produce an invaluable reference that will inspire heather enthusiasts and gardeners for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881927825
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/10/2008
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author


David Small is a leading authority on heathers and has been advising growers and gardeners alike for over 30 years. He has written countless articles on heathers and is the current president of the heather society in the UK.

Ella May T. Wulff was president of the North American Heather Society from 2001 to 2004. She writes often for the North American Heather Society's quarterly, Heather News, and has given numerous garden club lectures on various horticultural subjects.

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