Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs
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Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs, Jim Gardiner
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Flowering shrubs, such as the iconic hydrangea and the treasured azalea, are a cornerstone in every garden. Even professional designers and experienced gardeners grapple with which to choose when planting. Jim Gardiner makes this decision easier with his rigorous plant selection in The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs.
The plant selection includes flowering shrubs that grow particularly well in the world’s temperate zones. While most of the plants thrive without much extra care, there are some more demanding choices will reward the experienced gardener. The introductory section provides valuable horticultural advice on how to give the plants the best possible start and ongoing care so that they flourish in the longer term.
This highly illustrated encyclopedia of flowering shrubs features 1500 plants in more than 345 genera. These are organized alphabetically by botanical name and readily accessed using the common name index. Gardiner has chosen the best flowering shrubs for gardeners. There's plenty to choose from Abelia, Buddleja, and Camellia to Xanthoceras, Yucca, and Zanthoxylum. Essential horticultural notes accompany each entry. Expected height and spread after 10 years, season of flowering, preferred position, soil and pruning requirements are all included.