The Plant Finder: The Right Plants for Every Garden

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9781554072651: The Plant Finder: The Right Plants for Every Garden

Doing research and making informed choices save the gardener money, work and time. The best plants for a location and a good plan will provide rewards for many years.

At almost 1,000 pages, The Plant Finder is big enough to contain 5,000 carefully researched entries on the best garden plant varieties for every zone. Yet it's compact enough to be portable. Kept on the bookshelf or carried to the garden center, it's every gardener's best reference. Based on the material used in the classic Flora: The Gardener's Bible, The Plant Finder helps every gardener match the latest, hardiest and most favored plants to specific location, soil and climate.

The book is organized by major plant groups. Each section opens with a comprehensive plant selection table featuring all the plants in that section and showing, at a glance, all the characteristic growth habits and needs of each plant. Once you identify a suitable plant, you check the extensive entry for a more detailed description. Each description includes notes on origins, cultivation requirements, growth habit, propagation, pests and diseases -- and more.

The Plant Finder will be useful to the many thousands of garden and landscape professionals wanting a comprehensive reference. But it will also be a complete resource for the amateur gardener who makes a big investment in new plants every year, constantly changing and improving the garden. This market numbers in the millions, with an annual budget of hundreds of millions of dollars, a passionate interest in gardens, and a strong will to find the best plants and put them in the right place.

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About the Author:

Tony Rodd is a former horticultural botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a consultant on reference books for more than 20 years, with a specialty in plant identification. He also photographs plants and grows his own collection of unusual ones.

Geoff Bryant is a New Zealand-based horticultural writer and photographer and was a plant propagator and nurseryman for some 10 years. He has written 11 books, including several plant propagation handbooks, as well as numerous magazine articles illustrated with his own photographs.

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How This Book Works

Stunningly illustrated with hundreds of full-color photographs, this book provides a wealth of up-to-date information on over 5,000 plants suitable for gardens of all sizes from all parts of the world. Because the great majority of garden enthusiasts live in the temperate zones, there is a more complete coverage of temperate plants than of tropical or alpine species.

The book is divided into ten chapters: Trees and Shrubs; Annuals and Perennials; Bulbs, Corms, and Tubers; Grasses, Sedges, and Bamboos; Fruit Trees, Nut Trees, and Other Fruits; Vegetables and Herbs; Climbers and Creepers; Cacti and Succulents; Orchids; and Ferns, Palms, and Cycads. Each chapter begins with a short introduction to the plant group, followed by a comprehensive table of all the species in the chapter, with at-a-glance information on height, spread, plant type, climate, frost tolerance, aspect, and more. Directly after the table are the extensive individual plant entries, arranged alphabetically by genus name.

The symbol x before a genus or species name usually indicates a hybrid genus or species. This convention is not followed for orchid genera. The genus entries give the family to which the plant belongs, as well as geographical range, number of species, distinguishing features, commercial uses, and propagation and cultivation requirements of the genus as a whole.

Under every genus entry are a number of species entries (which include synonyms and common names, if applicable), each containing information such as the growth habit, flowering season, flower color, forms, and hardiness zones, with symbols denoting aspect, frost hardiness, spread, and height. The spread and height given apply to a mature plant in cultivation. The hardiness zones show the climatic areas in which plants can be grown. However, for annuals the minimum zone is that in which the plant can be raised and planted out over the spring to autumn period, disregarding winter hardiness.

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Page heading

The heading on the left-hand page names the first genus or species entry on that page; the right-hand page heading names the last entry on that page.

Family name

The name of the group to which the genus belongs; related plant genera are placed in the same family.

Genus entry

Contains information about the genus as a whole, including geographical range, and cultivation and propagation requirements.

Cultivation

General information on growing and propagating the members of the genus as a whole.

Species entry

Contains detailed information on particular species and forms, and includes hardiness rating by zones.

Common names

The non-botanical names by which the plant is generally known, usually in its native region.

Place of origin

The particular countries or regions of the world where the plant is naturally found.

Hardiness zones

The regions in which the plant can be successfully cultivated. See page 7 for more information.

Synonyms

Incorrect botanical names by which the plant may have been known in the past.

Symbols

At-a-glance information about the plant-see the list of symbols on page 7 for their meaning.

Forms

Includes well-known or award-winning subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars of the species.

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