The Rock Garden Plant Primer: Easy, Small Plants for Containers, Patios, and the Open Garden

Overview

It's not necessary to have a traditional rock garden to enjoy rock garden plants. In fact, these colorful, small plants are perfect for the pots, containers, window boxes, and raised beds that are the mainstays of modern gardens.

World-renowned botanist Christopher Grey-Wilson recommends easy-to-grow plants for a variety of garden situations including shade, mixed borders, and patios. Introductory chapters explain how to grow and care for these gardener-friendly plants that are ...

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Overview

It's not necessary to have a traditional rock garden to enjoy rock garden plants. In fact, these colorful, small plants are perfect for the pots, containers, window boxes, and raised beds that are the mainstays of modern gardens.

World-renowned botanist Christopher Grey-Wilson recommends easy-to-grow plants for a variety of garden situations including shade, mixed borders, and patios. Introductory chapters explain how to grow and care for these gardener-friendly plants that are cold-hardy and adaptable. Detailed plant descriptions are based on his personal experience of seeing the plants in the wild and growing them in the garden. Includes excellent photographs to aid in selection and identification.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Enthusiasts with sunny gardens should find endless inspiration among the myriad gem-like specimens that Grey-Wilson introduces, and woodland gardeners will also find new treasures."
Gardens Illustrated
"This is an interesting and informative book, that would encourage anyone to grow more rock garden plants in their garden."
From the Publisher
"Assures gardeners that rock gardens do not require boulders or plants that only come from alpine areas.”

"Assures gardeners that rock gardens do not require boulders or plants that only come from alpine areas.”

SciTech Book News
"Assures gardeners that rock gardens do not require boulders or plants that only come from alpine areas.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929287
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/16/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Grey-Wilson has been the Editor of the Alpine Garden Society since 1990, and is also a freelance horticultural writer and photographer. For many years he was a Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, working as a Research Botanist, and as Editor of Curtis' Botanical Magazine. He has been on a number of major botanical expeditions in pursuit of the mountain floras of Europe and Asia, particularly those of the Himalaya and southwest China. He is the author of several books regarded as standard works, including The Genus Cyclamen, The Illustrated Flora of Britain and Northern Europe, How to Identify Wild Flowers, The Alpine Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe, A Manual of Alpine and Rock Garden Plants, and The Alpine Garden. He serves on a number of committees of the Royal Horticultural Society, who recently awarded him a Gold Veitch Memorial Award.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 13

Rock Plants in the Garden 15

Good Conditions for Most Rock Garden Plants 15

Types of Rock Gardens 17

Caring for Rock Garden Plants 27

Deadheading and Seed Collecting 32

Propagation 33

Types of Rock Garden Plants 34

Companion Plants 37

Rock Garden Plants A to Z 41

Rock Garden Plants for All Aspects 209

Nursery Sources 212

Societies and Clubs 215

Glossary 216

Further Reading 218

Index 219

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