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Hydrangeas for American Gardensby Michael A. Dirr
Synopses & Reviews
The sheer number of choices among Hydrangea species, hybrids, and cultivated varieties can be overwhelming even for the most advanced of gardeners. How to choose from among the hundreds of mopheads, climbers, lacecaps, and oakleafs, to name just a few? And how to care for hydrangeas in American gardens, when nearly all the books offering advice about them come from England and Europe? Respected plantsman Michael A. Dirr comes to the rescue in this refreshingly forthright and practical guide to these distinctive shrubs and climbers.
"[A] comprehensive study....Dirr clearly adores hydrangeas, but he doesn't gloss over their occasional problems....Gardeners will find useful advice about which varieties perform best in their part of the United States." Library Journal
"Dirr's reigning expertise in the realm of trees and shrubs comes through once again." Alice Joyce, Booklist
Book News Annotation:
To fill a perceived gap in garden references, a horticulturalist working in hydrangea breeding at the University of Georgia describes the primary species and cultivars of this popular shrub grown in North America. He discusses their cultivation needs, uses, and prospects for further exciting varieties, such as the new repeat bloomers. The book includes lists of specialty associations, gardens, and nurseries.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Respected plantsman Dirr rescues gardeners in a quandary over which species of hydrangea to choose and how to care for it, with a refreshingly forthright and practical guide to these distinctive shrubs and climbers, with 160 color photos.
A refreshingly forthright and practical guide to these distinctive shrubs and climbers.
How to choose from the hundreds of mopheads, lacecaps, oakleafs, and more? Respected plantsman Michael A. Dirr comes to the rescue in his refreshingly forthright style.
About the Author
Michael A. Dirr is a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. He is the author of eleven books, including Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia and the text and reference book, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, and has published more than 300 scientific and popular papers and articles. His teaching, lectures, seminars, garden study tours, and plant introduction programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural awareness. He has received the highest teaching and gardening awards from the University of Georgia, American Society of Horticultural Science, American Horticultural Society, American Nursery & Landscape Association, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Southern Nursery Association, and Garden Club of America.
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