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This is a troubleshooting book that locates difficult areas in real gardens and shows how to overcome the particular problems by choosing plants that will thrive in those conditions. The author looks at these plants in their natural habitats and explains the characteristics of each group, so that the gardener is able to deduce which of them are likely to thrive in his or her own garden. Examples are shown of well-planted areas such as a bog garden, a woodland garden and a Mediterranean garden. The book focuses on shady areas; thin, dry, sunbaked soil; heavy clay soil; damp, boggy sites; windswept sites and seaside gardens; and acid/limey soil. It also provides practical information, with plans of planting combinations and mini-plans and boxes which give fast solutions for instant effect.
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Nature deals the gardener an uneven hand, creating a range of situations that can frustrate veterans as well as novices. Search, co-host of several popular gardening shows on British TV, describes and analyzes some of these challenges in chapters arranged by climate (hot and dry, shady, boggy, windy, cold), soil type (chalky, acid, clay) and other environmental conditions. She neatly provides plant (and planting) suggestions. Her tips for tackling problems and turning them to your advantage include a list of appropriate plant choices at the end of each chapter. Search also suggests ways to accommodate favorite plants in undesirable situations: e.g., improve heavy, non-draining clay soil by double-digging in organic compost and sharp sand (not builder's sand which turns clay to concrete); provide more light for dark locations by painting a wall behind the area a light color or by mirroring the wall. She also suggests ways to make unwieldy plants behave: e.g., put Campanula portenschlagiana in a non-nurturant site where "poor soil and low light" can render it more manageable. Liberally illustrated with excellent photographs and appropriate diagrams, the book provides both the common English and official Latin names; e.g., the shrub Bachelor's Buttons (Kerria japonica) and busy lizzies (Impatiens).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Problem places include those that are shady, hot, dry, boggy, windy, or cold; those at the seaside; and those with clay, acid, or alkaline soil. Readers learn not only what plants are likely to thrive under these adverse conditions, but also ways to overcome a variety of common problems. Search, cohost of several gardening series on the BBC, discusses environmental and soil conditions and light, moisture, and nutrient requirements. At the end of each chapter is a comprehensive list of trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous plants, perennials, annuals, grasses and reeds, ferns, and bulbs. This practical paperback has four-color photographs throughout. George Cohen
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Book Description Bbc Pubns, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0563370041