Wonders of the Winter Landscape: Shrubs and Trees to Brighten the Cold-Weather Garden

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Although North America suffers through several dreary months of winter each year, this guide describes trees and shrubs that make the barren winter landscape a wonderland of texture and color. Part one of the book conveys the elegance of deciduous trees and shrubs with an extreme attention to detail—Persian parrotia offers twisted, sinuous branches and exfoliating bark; witch hazel presents distinctive yellow and orange straplike flowers; and beautyberry produces vivid purple berries the birds cannot resist. A ...
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Overview


Although North America suffers through several dreary months of winter each year, this guide describes trees and shrubs that make the barren winter landscape a wonderland of texture and color. Part one of the book conveys the elegance of deciduous trees and shrubs with an extreme attention to detail—Persian parrotia offers twisted, sinuous branches and exfoliating bark; witch hazel presents distinctive yellow and orange straplike flowers; and beautyberry produces vivid purple berries the birds cannot resist. A shorter second section discusses the virtues of evergreens, both broadleaf and coniferous, and includes two useful appendices that cover evergreen care and list deer-resistant trees and shrubs.
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"This small, bright book gives garden inspiration for an often overlooked season in the garden."  —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 

"You’ll find lots of inspiration."  —Star-Ledger
 

 
 

"A very nice little book."  —Washington Gardener

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"A lush and learned resource . . . Eloquently extols the virtues of the garden."
Star-Ledger
"You'll find lots of inspiration."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"This small, bright book gives garden inspiration for an often overlooked season in the garden."
Library Journal
For gardeners in cold-winter regions of the United States like the Northeast, Midwest, and parts of the South, there is a paucity of literature celebrating the glory of ornamental plants during the chilly season. This title by horticulturist Simeone (director, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, NY) is a welcome addition to the genre. Profiled here are deciduous trees and shrubs with decorative bark, winter flowers, and fruit; broadleaf evergreens; and conifers. The author's plant palette includes some unexpected and notable choices that should enliven winter gardens, e.g., the deciduous crape myrtle, the evergreen Southern magnolia, and cold-hardy camellias. The plant descriptions are thorough, with detailed cultivation, hardiness, and landscape information given; most are accompanied by color photographs highlighting the plants' distinctive winter features. The appendixes include a list of deer-resistant plants, the author's top 15 plant choices, and a very brief section on winter gardening in greenhouses. Highly recommended for gardening collections; an essential purchase for all public and horticultural libraries in cold-winter regions.-Brian Lym, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883052454
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Vincent A. Simeone is a horticulturist who teaches gardening classes and has assisted in garden tours in Canada, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, and South Africa. He is the manager of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, New York. Bruce Curtis has chronicled many of the significant events of the last decades of the 20th century as a photographer for LIFE, Sports Illustrated, and Time. He lives in Albertson, New York.
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