Plantfinder's Guide to Tender Perennials

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Gathered from all the corners of the world and united in their reluctance to withstand varying degrees of frost, this challenging gardening book pulls together a feast of unusual genera with unique individual characteristics and great versatility." "The Plantfinder's Guide to Tender Perennials is wide-ranging and thorough in its approach, from history and information on hardiness through to plant selection and garden uses. A large part of the book is devoted to a well-documented and fully illustrated plant ...
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Overview

Gathered from all the corners of the world and united in their reluctance to withstand varying degrees of frost, this challenging gardening book pulls together a feast of unusual genera with unique individual characteristics and great versatility." "The Plantfinder's Guide to Tender Perennials is wide-ranging and thorough in its approach, from history and information on hardiness through to plant selection and garden uses. A large part of the book is devoted to a well-documented and fully illustrated plant directory which describes over 250 different species and cultivars and includes information on garden usage, cultural tips and background information on the plant's origins. Special features on key genera for example Abutilon, Canna, Diascia and Coleus further add to the value of this important section.
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British horticulturist Cooke defines his subject as "any perennial plant that will grow outside successfully in temperate climates during the summer months, but requires some winter protection." In America we call many of these plants annuals except in such warm areas as Florida or Southern California where they survive the winter naturally. Cooke writes briefly of how these plants, including argyranthemums (marguerite daisies), coleus, dahlias and impatiens, were introduced to European gardens in the 19th century when the elaborate designs composed of bedding plants were popular. An alphabetical directory provides an extensive compilation of tender perennials with descriptions, growth characteristics, native habitat and hardiness. Cooke rejects the common zone designations of plant hardiness in favor of his own, which classifies plants in five categories from fully hardy to tender. The chapter offering advice on planting schemes with suggestions for combining specific plants and colors will be useful for all gardeners, but only readers in warmer climates will be able to apply his approaches to exotic, tropical or Mediterranean gardens. Public gardens and nursery source listings are mainly English, with a smattering of U.S. sources. Many of the listed plants are not readily available in this country, further reducing the practicality of this handsomely illustrated volume for U.S. readers. (Aug.)
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Offers advice on using tender perennials in gardens, featuring an encyclopedic listing of some 250 different species and cultivars, illustrated with a profusion of color photos of gardens and plants. Gives information on characteristics of different genera and their history, plus tips on propagation, cultivation, and garden display. Discusses planting schemes and themes, creating a conservatory, and origins of tender perennials. Includes lists of suppliers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881924503
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Plantfinder's Guide Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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