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American Azaleasby L. Clarence Towe
Synopses & Reviews
Other than a few Asiatic and one European species, North America is home to all the deciduous azaleas, members of the genus Rhododendron. There are native American azaleas suitable for a wide variety of garden environments. Gardeners interested in knowing more about these attractive, usually fragrant shrubs will discover here the diversity to be found in the species and will learn about recent trends in cultivation, selection, and hybridization. American azaleas are not used as much as they should be in gardens and in landscaping, even in areas where the plants are native and are common along roadsides. The author offers expert recommendations on all the horticultural aspects important for growing these colorful shrubs, including siting, soil preparation, and companion plantings. His coverage of the native species and the cultivars is comprehensive and up to date. The book provides all that the reader needs to enjoy the year-round pleasures offered by American azaleas.
Book News Annotation:
Azalea enthusiast Towe has observed American azaleas in their native habitats for some 25 years, and contributes articles to Journal of the American Rhododendron Society. He provides an overview of the species and some of their variations and hybrids that can be found in the wild, and information on collecting, growing, and landscaping with the plants. He also discusses propagation and traits which can be used to bring about fundamental changes in the way they look, without loosing their identity as American azaleas. Technical but accessible to the general reader, the text is illustrated with b&w and color photographs, maps, and diagrams.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Did you know that North America is home to almost all the deciduous azaleas? These usually fragrant shrubs are quite suitable for a wide variety of garden environments. Contains all the horticultural aspects a gardener needs.
About the Author
For more than 25 years L. Clarence Towe, a retired educator from South Carolina, has observed American azaleas in their native habitats. More recently, he has introduced many new azalea cultivars into circulation. In addition to this book, he shares his enthusiasm for these plants in articles for the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society and lectures about them.
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