Simon and Schuster's Guide to Garden Flowers

Simon and Schuster's Guide to Garden Flowers


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Simon and Schuster's Guide to Garden Flowers by Guido Moggi, Luciano Giugnolini

Simon & Schuster's Guide to Garden Flowers is the perfect complement to the popular Complete Guide to Plants & Flowers, also available in the series. Aside from the pure pleasure of seeing the most exquisite flowers in the world in full color and reading about them, gardeners and flower lovers are here offered a history of flower gardens, gardening techniques, and suggestions on how to create and maintain a blooming garden. The entries for 369 species of garden flowers present full-color illustrations and detailed descriptions, and are arranged alphabetically by genus (with synonyms and common names as well). Full-color symbols illustrate the plant types and how they can best be used in the garden, and maps show the origin of the species and their natural distribution. This is one of the most stunning and informative books a gardener can own.

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ISBN-13: 9780671466749
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1983
Pages: 511

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From ENTRIES 1 ABUTILON MEGAPOTAMICUM Auguste de Saint Hilaire and Charles Naudin
Syn.: A. vexillarium Edouard Morren. Common name: Abutilon

Family Malvaceae.

Description Shrub with slender branches, often pendulous. Bright-green lanceolate-sagittate leaves, alternate, with irregularly toothed margins. Flowers are axillary, borne singly and pendent with interesting pentagonal shape of Chinese lanterns; red calyx with yellow petals with blackish-brown anthers protruding. Not long-lived.

Height of plant 3-5 ft. (1-1.50 m.).

Size of flower 1 1/2-2 3/4 in. (4-7 cm.).

Place of origin Brazil.

Flowering time Spring-summer.

Cultivation Sunny, sheltered position. Will grow outdoors in a temperate climate, otherwise treat as a pet plant in a cool greenhouse and put outside during the summer, Not frost-resistant. Prefers good, rich topsoil or a good depth of welldrained, noncalcareous soil. Requires frequent watering. Prune by cutting back lateral shoots and shortening main stems. Pests: aphids and red spider mites.

Propagation By seed and by softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings in the spring-summer.

Qualities Half-hardy. Very easy to grow.

Syn.: A. Iongissima Hermann Wendland. Common name: Wattle

Family Mimosaceae

Description Arborescent stem with a mass of rather untidy, erect branches which bend over with the weight of the flowers and foliage. Evergreen, with long, lenceolate leaves (phyllodes), obtuse at the end and coriaceous, with clearly marked veins. Numerous flowers borne in globulose capitula on axillary spikes. One of the most vigorous of the acacias, its prolific blooming makes it a great favorite for outdoor cultivation in temperate zones and warm coastal areas.

Height of plant 10-26 ft. (3-8 m.).

Size of flower 1/4-3/8 in. (0.5-0.8 cm.) each capitulum.

Place of origin New South Wales, Australia.

Flowering time Spring.

Cultivation Full sun. Temperate climate. Very little resistance to cold. Prefers uncultivated, siliceous-argillaceous, open-textured ground but adapts to almost all types of fertile garden soil. Periodic feeding with organic and mineral fertilizers helps to promote growth. Requires regular watering. Light pruning to thin out dense growth may be desirable. Pests: often subject to scale insects.

Propagation By seed in the spring, in pans or flowerpots. The young plants need to be potted-on at least twice before final planting out.

Qualities Not hardy. Easy to grow.

3 ACACIA DEALBATA Heinrich Friedrich Link
Syn.: A. decurrens Karl Ludwig Willdenow, var. dealbata F, Muller. Common name: Mimosa

Family Mimosaceae.

Description Evergreen tree widely grown in temperate areas and, when climate is warm enough, near the sea. Compound, bipinnate leaves 2 3/6-4 3/4 in. (6-12 cm.), formed by about 20 lobes which, in turn, are composed of about 50 silvery graygreen leaflets. Frequent yellow flowers borne in globular capitula on axillary and terminal panicles 3 1/4-4 in, (8-10 cm.) long. In some countries there is considerable demand for sprays of mimosa for its symbolic significance during-(he annual celebration of International Women's Day.

Height of plant 16-30 ft. (5-9 m.).

Size of flower 1/4-3/8 in, (0.6-1 cm.) each capitulum.

Place of origin Tasmania, Australia.

Flowering time End of winter-spring.

Cultivation Full sun. Temperate climate, in positions sheltered from frost and wind. Rich, deep soil, fairly damp, with a subacid reaction, permeable and with a tendency to be calcareous. Resistant to dry conditions. Benefits from regular watering and periodic applications of organic and mineral fertilizers. No pruning necessary. Pests: subject to scale insects. Special problem: frost.

Propagation By seed, previously well soaked, under glass, in the spring. Grafting on hardy acacias such as A. retinoides or A. nerifolia.

Qualities Not hardy. Easy to grow.

Copyright © 1983 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., Milano

Table of Contents

Key to Symbols8
A Note to the Reader9
Introduction: Historical Background, Structure, and Cultivation of Flowers11
List of Flowering Plants1
Index of Entries502
Photo Credits512

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