The Container Expert

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The Container Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world’s best-selling gardening author.
 
Containers are a basic part of the gardening scene, from the windowsills of small apartments to the terraces of millionaire mansions. In this book there are container suggestions for all types of situations - you will find tyres and troughs, hanging ...

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Overview

The Container Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world’s best-selling gardening author.
 
Containers are a basic part of the gardening scene, from the windowsills of small apartments to the terraces of millionaire mansions. In this book there are container suggestions for all types of situations - you will find tyres and troughs, hanging baskets and mini-ponds, flower pots and tubs, urns and bowls.
 
The bewildering range of containers is matched by the variety of plants which can be grown - alpines, annuals, trees and shrubs, fruits and vegetables, bulbs and roses … so many types of container, so many different types of plants, how do you choose and how do you produce a great display?
 
That is the job of this book - in the drawings, photographs and no-nonsense Expert-style information you will find all the answers.

An abundance of full-color photos and illustrations offers inspiration by showcasing successful arrangements, as well as providing visual instructions to complement the helpful, reader-friendly text. Detailed listings offer hundreds of suggestions for plants that will thrive.

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“Traditional and modern ideas for all situations.” The Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780903505437
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Expert Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,492,329
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Hessayon is the world’s best-selling horticultural author - his Expert series of gardening books have sold over 53 million copies. He has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth who created him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to British horticulture. He has been honoured by a leading newspaper which included him in its list of ‘60 Truly Great Elizabethans’ because “he has taught millions of us how to garden with his wonderful do-it-yourself guides”. He has been honoured by Guinness World Records as “the top-selling living author of the 1990s”. He has been honoured at the National British Book Awards with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
The Expert style is hard to define. According to the Librarian of the Royal Horticultural Society “Dr Hessayon perfected a manner of presentation which has yet to be surpassed for clarity, intelligibility and ease of access”. According to The Times “he invented a formula of clear, uncluttered advice and illustrations with a superbly logical layout”.
 
There are 21 Expert titles in the series which have been enjoyed by gardeners all round the world. The House Plant Expert  has now passed sales of one million copies in both the U.S and Russia.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Excellent textbook and container plant suggestions and designs.

    I purchased this book for my daughter who is a beginner at planting containers. She has just bought a house and is interested in learning about all kinds of horticulture. Container plantings are a great way to begin.

    As a garden consultant myself, I recognize a good beginning text and this "The Container Expert" book is terrific for beginners and intermediates! Learning about design, care and maintenance of enclosed contained plantings, and choice of plant materials for specific conditions is extremely well covered. All phases of growing plant material, types of soil and planting mediums, drainage, light requirements, design elements, and pests and diseases are discussed in depth. There is even a good discussion on types of containers.

    The compendium of plants and their descriptions is broad and covers cactus and succulents, perennials, annuals, vine varieties, and various sized plants from tiny creepers to tall Cannas and conifers.

    In my own courses to become a garden consultant, several of the D. G. Hessayon books were required reading. If you are new to container plantings I highly recommend this book.

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