Summer-Blooming Bulbs: 60 Spectacular Bloomers For Your Summer Garden

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One look at these fabulous photos and you'll agree: summer bulbs blossom into some of the most fantastic flowers ever seen. Yet most gardening books ignore them in favor of springtime's bounty. Don't assume there's nothing more once the riotous spring bloom of tulips and daffodils fade; here are scores of extravagant bulbs to brighten the summer garden--not only the familiar lily and gladiolus but also exotics such as the South African nerine, the Near Eastern eremurus, and the Asian colocasia. An encyclopedia highlights the favorites of bulb experts from all the different regions, with lovely photos and foolproof advice on cultivation and care. Try the clever and creative ways of combining summer bulbs with more common garden plants in beds and borders, of naturalizing them in the landscape, and of growing them in containers. They'll turn your garden into the hottest one in the neighborhood!

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Here are two beautifully illustrated new titles devoted to bulbs. Canadian gardening columnist Gingras covers bulbs that flower from spring to autumn as well as houseplants grown from bulbs for winter. Very brief introductory material explains the botany of bulbs, methods for making them grow, and U.S. and Canadian hardiness zones. The rest of the book is an encyclopedia giving details on how to grow specific plants. Arranged by season, then by scientific name, each entry includes a general description of the genus along with interesting historical facts, native habitat, and general culture. Each genus entry is followed by a selection of species and a discussion covering origin, description, flowering period, cultivation techniques, and hardiness zones. Though Taylor's Guide to Bulbs (Houghton, 2001) offers more general information, Gingras's book is still recommended for its extensive plant encyclopedia. Summer-Blooming Bulbs covers well-known bulbs (including corms, rhizomes, and tubers) like caladiums, cannas, and dahlias, as well as lesser-known summer bulbs like the crinum lily and summer hyacinth. Introductory chapters consider general care, propagation, designing with bulbs, growing in containers, and pests and diseases. Also included is a helpful list of summer-blooming bulbs that naturalize well, arranged by region of the country. The heart of the book is a useful and thorough encyclopedia of summer-blooming bulbs. Arranged alphabetically by scientific name, the entries in this encyclopedia each include a description, native habitat, how to grow, hardiness zones, cultivars and related species, and suggestions for companion plants in the garden. Recommended for all libraries. Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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