From the Archives of the Royal Horticultural Society
Hardcover ISBN: 0810956233
Showcasing stunning botanical art from the Royal Horticultural Society, a leading UK horticultural writer traces the story of orchids' popularity in England from their earliest collection in the wild. Biographies of orchid breeders and scientists, e.g., Charles Darwin, who wrote on the co-evolution of orchids and insects, conclude the volume. This reduced-format version of the 2004 Co. & Bear Productions edition is not for those who require large print. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Definitive Guide to the 2000 Species, Hybrids & Cultivars
Hardcover ISBN: 0881928801
An enthusiast's tale of saxifrages in the wild and in garden cultivation. The exquisite symmetry of the star-shaped blooms of saxifrages has captivated gardeners for centuries. Close observation of their fine markings, artful color combinations, and graceful presence makes it eminently clear why they attract such an enthusiastic following. Many saxifrages come from mountain habitats that make them well-suited to rock gardens, troughs, and containers, but the diverse genus includes a huge range of garden-worthy plants that deserve to be better known and more widely grown. This book brings together accounts of garden and wild saxifrages, their botany, history, cultivation and propagation. All sections of genus Saxifraga are described, first discursively for the general gardener and then from a botanical viewpoint. Malcolm McGregor's advice on using saxifrages in different parts of the garden and his list of the top 100 saxifrages will be invaluable to gardeners new to the genus and to experts who wish to diversify. This is the fascinating story of a true enthusiast's search for saxifrages in the wild, his techniques for successful cultivation, and his continuing quest for information. It will increase understanding of this plant, inspire everyone to grow more saxifrages in their gardens, and satisfy specialists and enthusiasts for decades to come.
Hardcover ISBN: 0810938375
Twenty-seven watercolor plates complement a gardening book in which the acclaimed novelist, poet, and biographer selects twenty-five of her favorite flowers and describes their appearance, origins, characteristics, and the best ways to grow them.