Flowers (Collins Practical Gardener)

 
9780007146512: Flowers (Collins Practical Gardener)

The bulk of this practical guide comprises a comprehensive directory of the most common flowers. Entries include: background information on general characteristics, planting and care; a visual chart listing the most popular varieties and cultivars, with instantly-accessed information on height, spread, colour of flower, hardiness, moisture and sunlight requirements; seasonal guides indicating when to plant and the flowering season; and expert tip boxes. The book opens with a guide to gardening techniques, which covers: assessing your plot for soil quality, drainage, sun and shade; where to buy and how to tell if the plant is healthy; growing flowers from seeds and bulbs; when, how and where to plant; creative ideas for planting combinations; caring for your flowers throughout the year; and increasing your stock with propagation techniques. The book closes with a section on plant problems, comprising a trouble-shooting flow chart to help identify the problem and a directory of all the pests and diseases you are likely to do battle with.

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Having trained at the world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and The Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley, Alan Toogood possesses extensive horticultural and plant knowledge. He has written numerous books on a wide range of gardening subjects, including 'The Mix and Match Planting Guide to Annuals and Perennials', 'Eyewitness Garden Handbook: Annuals and Biennials' and 'RHS: Propagating Plants', for which he received the Garden Writers' Guild award in 1999.

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