Gardening with Woodland Plants

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Woodland plants add magic to any garden, with lush carpets of color, foliage at the middle level, and majestic height. Contrary to myth, large spaces and special soil are not required. Drawing on her own experience running a thriving woodland nursery, the author provides seasoned advice on the unique challenges of woodland gardening, including managing light levels, choosing the right plant for the right place, and achieving the well-balanced soil structure that is often key to growing a variety of woodland ...

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Overview

Woodland plants add magic to any garden, with lush carpets of color, foliage at the middle level, and majestic height. Contrary to myth, large spaces and special soil are not required. Drawing on her own experience running a thriving woodland nursery, the author provides seasoned advice on the unique challenges of woodland gardening, including managing light levels, choosing the right plant for the right place, and achieving the well-balanced soil structure that is often key to growing a variety of woodland plants. Extensive planting suggestions will endow gardeners at all levels of experience with the confidence to experiment, and the extensive plant directory will inspire all gardeners to bring woodland plants into the garden for year-round pleasure.

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Junker's Nursery in Somerset, UK, is owned by the author and her husband. Their vast experience and knowledge of lesser-known trees, shrubs, and plants are neatly demonstrated in this informative, easy-to-read guide. Three relatively short chapters cover the magic of woodlands, preparing and maintaining enhanced woodland areas, and developing new woodlands; propagation is an important principle for woodland gardening and is included to help gardeners make new plants from existing ones. The A-to-Z plant directory makes up the bulk of this book, and it is a tremendously worthwhile resource, listing each plant by its Latin name (alphabetized by genus, with species and cultivar information following), which, according to Junker, gives gardeners a "fundamental understanding of the basic principles behind plant naming" to help them make good decisions and avoid confusion and costly mistakes. While the Latin name for a specific plant can be understood by gardeners all over the world, this may make the directory less accessible to gardeners unfamiliar with the nomenclature. Suitable for public libraries, academic and special libraries with a strong horticultural interest, and avid home gardeners. (Photos not seen in color.)
—Eboni A. Francis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928211
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Karan Junker has been growing and propagating woodland plants for more than twenty years. With her husband, she owns and runs Junker's Nursery in Somerset, England, specializing in lesser-known trees and shrubs, many of which adapt well to woodland cultivation. Her articles have appeared in Gardens Illustrated and The Garden, among other leading magazines and newspapers.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Michael Hickson     7
Preface and Acknowledgements     9
The Magic of Woodlands     11
Woodland Layers     12
Seasonal Interest     30
The Value of Evergreens     33
Preparing and Maintaining Enhanced Woodland Areas     39
Preparing the Canopy     40
Determining Light Levels     44
Assessing Soil Conditions     46
Controlling Weeds     47
Planting     50
Developing New Woodland Areas     53
Woodland Bed     53
Raised Bed     56
Woodland Rock Garden     57
Hedgerow     58
Single Tree     61
Plant Directory     65
Directory Organisation     67
A to Z Plant Directory     69
Where to See Woodland Plants     363
Where to Buy Woodland Plants     366
Further Reading     368
Index     369
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