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.
One of every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid. Interest in growing orchids has risen dramatically in recent years, and many new varieties that can be grown in the home without a greenhouse have been developed. Research biologist and full-time garden writer Judy White now brings her expertise--and her stunning photographs--to this much needed book for the expanding world of home orchid growers.
Rhododendrons have it all -- beautiful flowers, magnificent foliage and an ability to thrive in a wide range of climates. The genus Rhododendron (to which azaleas belong) always has something to surprise and delight the gardener. With more than 1000 species, and many thousands of cultivars, there are plants in a huge variety of form, color and size -- something to suit every need, every taste and every location.
This guide for North American gardeners will help the novice and the experienced gardener get the best from their rhododendrons and azaleas. Beginning with a history of rhododendrons in cultivation and a fascinating discussion on the development of the most popular species and varieties, the book includes expert advice and information about:
- deciduous azaleas evergreen azaleas assessing your climate garden design cultivation, maintenance and propagation soil and nutrition choosing plants for flower and leaf color pests and diseases pruning.
The author shares his personal recommendations of over 390 varieties of rhododendron and azalea, as well as practical tips gained from his many years of professional experience growing and hybridizing rhododendrons and azaleas. This is an inspiring and very useful handbook on these much-admired plants.
Cooler-zone gardeners are discovering that with a little wintertime care, plants that have long been considered "annuals" can thrive for years. These plants including geraniums, gladioli, dahlias, begonias, rosemary, lavender, snapdragons, and even impatiens aren't annuals at all. Rather, they are tender perennials. They aren't hardy enough to survive winter on their own, but they can be moved indoors during the cold months and then returned to the garden in spring. Many are even more beautiful in their second and third years "Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill" is the first comprehensive resource on the care and maintenance of tender plants. In this zone-defying guide, you'll find simple techniques for overwintering, along with 160 detailed plant profiles that include individualized advice for overwintering and indoor care.With this practical guide, you can enjoy your favorite plants year after year, no matter where you live "
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"Orlean's snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures."--The Washington Post Book World
"Orlean's gifts are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description."--Boston Sunday Globe "A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great."--The Wall Street Journal
Nature's most beautiful works of art, flowers have reigned for centuries as symbols of love, gratitude, friendship, and remembrance. In Bloom a Day, celebrated photographer Ron van Dongen matches each day of the year with its corresponding blossom. Each portrait is then paired with a fortune that uncovers the meaning of that flower and reveals the personality and destiny of those born on that day. A gorgeous photography bookvan Dongen's work captures the rich color, exquisite detail, and sensual form of 366 different flowersBloom a Day is also a delightful book of divination. It's a lovely gift for seekers and flower lovers alike.
Being with Flowers provides you with several guided meditations and step-by-step floral arrangements to help you explore your relationship with flowers, and nature as a whole.
Floral arrangements are so much more than a decoration. They provide a way to connect to nature and the world around us. Master floral sculptor, Anthony Ward, shows you how to work with flowers to bring more peace into your life. Including creative exercises, guided meditations, and step-by-step flower arrangements, Being with Flowers will show you how to appreciate the natural art of each flower to create the perfect arrangement.