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Hostasby Rosemary Barrett
Synopses & Reviews
Hostas is the definitive guide to the popular hardy perennial that gardeners have come to rely upon and enjoy. Favored for their beauty and longevity, these shade-loving, low-maintenance plants bear foliage in all manner of shape, size and texture and in colors ranging from steel blue, tonal greens and yellows to multi-colored. Their long-blooming, aromatic flowers come in variations of white, pale lavender and blue-purple.
The growing season for hostas stretches from early spring to late fall, and they flourish in Zone 3 — most of the continental United States as well as populated areas of Canada and Alaska.
Rosemary Barrett provides expert advice on these outstanding plants. Following a brief section on the history of hostas, she covers the various cultivars in fine detail, with topics that include: CultivationEnhancing a gardenPropagationContainer-growingLandscapingPlant and tree companionsBorders and bedsA catalog of hostasGarden settings.
Featuring lush color photographs throughout, Hostas is ideal for gardeners at all levels of expertise.
Book News Annotation:
Dubbing hostas "a perfect perennial," a nursery owner and hybridizer of "Biddy's Blue" overviews their introduction to the West, growth requirements, and niche in diverse landscapes. She lists challenging as well as common cultivars and resources. The photographer captures their hues of green, blue, yellow, and white.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The definitive guide to a popular hardy perennial.
The growing popularity of hostas can be credited to their colorful beauty, longevity and ability to grow successfully just about anywhere. Hosta foliage comes in astonishing variations. From blue, green, yellow to multicolored, the leaves appear in all manner of shape, size and texture.
Their growing season stretches from early spring to late fall. The plant's flower ranges in color from white to pale lavenders and blue-purples. For gardeners in colder climates, the best part is that hostas flourish to Zone 3 — virtually all of continental United States as well as populated areas of Canada and Alaska.
Hostas introduces modern, busy gardeners to the charms of this beautifully diverse plant. After a brief section on the fascinating history of hostas, the book covers growing the various cultivars in fine detail.
Topics include: Cultivation Propagation Landscaping with hostas Borders and beds Typical garden settings Enhancing a garden's special features Growing hostas in containers Good plant and tree companions Catalogue of hostas
Illustrated with color photographs throughout, Hostas is a valuable resource for modern, creative gardeners.
Back in print: Introductory guide to growing hostas, including hardiness zone information. Provides practical advice on how to plant, propagate, cultivate and landscape with hostas, including information on companion plants.
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