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Practical Bamboos: The 50 Best Plants for Screens, Containers and More

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Bamboos are valued for their attractive culms, year-round foliage, and ability to add serenity to any garden scene. They add style to a garden and are ideal for screening eyesores and buffering noise. But the key to success is careful selection.

Practical Bamboos features the 50 best bamboos based on appearance and usefulness. A handy checklist allows readers to pick plants that are right for them at a glance. A section on using bamboo in the garden covers topics such as ...

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Overview

Bamboos are valued for their attractive culms, year-round foliage, and ability to add serenity to any garden scene. They add style to a garden and are ideal for screening eyesores and buffering noise. But the key to success is careful selection.

Practical Bamboos features the 50 best bamboos based on appearance and usefulness. A handy checklist allows readers to pick plants that are right for them at a glance. A section on using bamboo in the garden covers topics such as incorporating bamboos in the mixed border, using them to create Japanese-style or Mediterranean-style gardens, using them for hedges and edging, establishing them in containers, choosing the right ones for difficult places, and selecting the best plants for small gardens or waterside planting.

Gardeners new to bamboo will relish the imaginative design and landscaping ideas and feel inspired to take a chance on a dynamic, rewarding plant.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
Practical Bamboos is a great guide for bamboo-lovers, who get 175 pages with photos and glossary. For bamboo-haters, Whittaker outlines three ways to control or eliminate out-of-control bamboo.”
The Garden
"Recommended for all gardeners in the applicable zones who are interested in trying these plants."
Philadelphia Inquirer - Andy Benham
"Whittaker’s engaging writing style and his personal observations make this book a pleasure to read."
From the Publisher
"This book provides a great introduction to the subject, but even the expert will find much to entertain and enlighten."
Library Journal
Whittaker (Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon) is a British nurseryman with a specialty in ornamental grasses and bamboos. Here, he offers his expert advice on growing temperate bamboos. He begins with general information about bamboos, followed by landscape uses, including growing them in containers. The heart of the book is "50 of the Best," where he shares his choices for the home gardener. Entries, arranged by scientific name, include a detailed description of the plant, USDA hardiness zones, dimensions, culture, uses, suggested combinations with other plants, and additional recommended cultivars. Lovely color photographs enhance the text. Whittaker concludes with general cultural information, a glossary, and where to see and buy bamboos in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Most of the bamboos described are hardy north to USDA zone 6, with some hardy to zones 4 or 5. VERDICT Whittaker's engaging writing style and his personal observations make this book a pleasure to read. Recommended for all gardeners in the applicable zones (i.e., not the Midwest, Plains, or New England states) who are interested in trying these plants.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690569
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 970,400
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hailing from Lancashire, Paul Whittaker has worked in horticulture for almost thirty years as a nurseryman, landscaper and consultant. A regular exhibitor at Royal Horticultural Society shows, he has won many gold medals for his legendary foliage displays. Dedicated to the promotion and understanding of these special plants, Paul Whittaker contributes articles to gardening magazines, lectures widely and holds workshops and events at his nursery and garden. As a member of the RHS woody plant committee, he works tirelessly to increase general horticultural knowledge and also judges exhibits at the major horticultural shows in the U.K. Paul lives in Norfolk, England with his wife, Diana, three teenage offspring and two labradors.

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