Designed to help you learn to spot and distinguish between different varieties and species of plants, this illustrated identification guide features 140 of the most common European wild flowers. Concise information on characteristics, habitat, location, distribution, and similar plants are given.
The word "meadow" conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow -- a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil -- can be any size; plus, it's fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water than a traditional lawn, and provides habitat for pollinators -- not to mention a natural exploration space for children.From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies. Mini Meadows offers gardeners of all levels the keys to creating, caring for, and reaping the rewards of thriving meadows through the seasons, year after year.
Should you send a rose of crimson or of white to the one you love? What gift of flowers best expresses thanks to a dear friend? From ancient days, long before words complicated what we say to one another, flowers have been our messengers, invested with our most cherished feelings. Illustrated with luscious collages by acclaimed artist Ann Field, this enchanting tribute to the power and symbolism of flowers offers a contemporary introduction to an age-old tradition. The text draws on botanical, historical, and mythological sources worldwide, from ancient Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, presenting portraits of almost 50 blossoms favored for all time. In Persia, for instance, the black medulla of the red tulip was said to represent the lover's heart, burnt to a coal by love's passion. To Victorians, lavender signified a broken trust, hollyhocks fertility, and nasturtiums a jest or whimsy. Blending fact, folktale, natural history, and original art, The Meaning of Flowers explores the language and lore of nature's most intimate and beautiful gifts.
With detailed accounts of 86 different perennials, along with information on 605 recommended varieties and cultivars perfect for Minnesota and Wisconsin gardens, this handy book takes the guesswork out of perennial gardening. The authors share their commonsense and practical advice to help you transform any patch of ground into a spectacular garden you can enjoy year after year: * Flower and foliage colors * Height and spread ranges * Blooming periods * How and when to start your plants * Planting strategies * Light, water and nutrient needs * Choosing the best perennials for different growing conditions * More than 500 color photographs.
The world wouldn't get very far without bees. This is your chance to help out these often misunderstood, docile, pollinators. The Bee FriendlyGarden is a guide for all gardeners to encourage bees and other beneficial insects like Monarch butterflies to enjoy your green space.
This manual is full of ideas for gardens of all sizes, it includes a comprehensive plant guide to bee friendly plants, as well as companion planting advice and recommendations on natural pest control. Learn how bees forage, why your garden needs them, and implement simple changes anybody can make.
Whether you only have space for a few pots of fresh thyme or rosemary in a window planter, or want to plant wide beds of flowers, you won't have to wonder which are the most beneficial to these hard working ladies.
Choosing color is one of the most delightful and personal choices a gardener makes. For one gardener, the shock of a garden full of pink and red is a picture of beauty. For another, white flowers may be more tranquilly inspiring.
The Gardener s Color Palette" features ten plants in ten color groups and offers gardeners hundreds of opportunities to mix and match. Want a red garden? Choose the Crimson Star columbine, the Lucifer crocosmia, and the Gardenview Scarlet bee balm. For a metallic garden plant the Japanese cobra lily, the Chocolate cosmos, and the Kamchatka fritillary. Or, create a multicolored array by picking plants from each category. Plant profiles include a description, the common and botanical names, information about expected height and spread, bloom time, hardiness, and light and water requirements.
Combined with Clive Nichols stunning photographs, "The Gardener s Color Palette" is an invaluable source of practical advice and visual inspiration.
Let Flowersmith be your crafting companion through the wonderful world of paper flowers.This is the definitive guide to handcrafting and arranging true-to-life paper flowers. Through craftsmanship, expert styling and beautiful photography, this book elevates paper flowers to an art form. Inside, you'll find everything you need to know about the art of flower making, from the basic skills you'll need, through to crafting realistic flower arrangements for every season. With more than 30 flower and foliage projects included, you'll also find practical step-by-step instructions and photos, and templates you can cut out and use again and again. 'With just some paper and mundane tools, Jennifer is able to create intensely beautiful works of art.' Richard Aloisio, Art Director, The New York Times
Tracy DiSabato-Aust has devoted years of study to creating showplace gardens with minimal maintenance. Her methods of pruning and shaping perennials, produce more flowers, encourage growth, discourage pests, stagger bloom times, and maintain vigorous health.
Brilliant photographs and down-to-earth advice are packed into this guide to over 300 annuals suited to the climate of the western Great Lakes region. Engebretson and Williamson provide information on light, water and nutrient needs, as well as recommendations on how and when to start your plants. This book also includes tips on planting, growing, recommended varieties and problems and pests.