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Ornamental Bamboosby David Crompton
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Bamboos are among the most fascinating of plants. Their unusual life cycle, tremendous power of growth, and extraordinary diversity of size and form give them a special significance in gardens. And gardens of all sizes can accommodate these elegant plants, which are cold-resistant and surprisingly easy to grow. Yet even today, with bamboos enjoying a well-deserved return to popularity, their horticultural potential remains largely untapped. Some bamboos make impressive specimens for the border, others form a fast-growing hedge or screen, and short forms provide a leafy groundcover. David Crompton explains the characteristics that set bamboos apart, and everything that is needed to grow them successfully. The core of the book is a gardener's guide to nearly two hundred ornamental bamboos to grow and enjoy, supplemented by lists of bamboos for specific purposes.
Book News Annotation:
Crompton's garden/nursery holds the National Collection (UK) of bamboos. With the gardener rather than the scientist in mind, the author advocates growing these under-appreciated grasses. After distinguishing bamboos from other plants and grasses, he reviews their history in Asian and Western horticulture, anatomy, sometimes over-exuberant growth habit, selection of suitable bamboos, cultivation, and many (some surprising) uses. The volume includes a plant directory, color photographs, botanical drawings, lists of bamboos for specific purposes, a glossary, and further reading. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gardens of all sizes can accommodate bamboos, which are cold-resistant and surprisingly easy to grow. Some bamboos make impressive specimens for the border, others form a fast-growing hedge or screen, and short forms provide a leafy groundcover. David Crompton explains everything needed to grow bamboos in this guide to nearly two hundred ornamental plants.
David Crompton explains the characteristics that set bamboos apart and everything that is needed to grow them successfully. The various uses of bamboos are considered, including the creation of a garden devoted exclusively to bamboos, followed by advice on preparing the site and soil, establishing and maintaining plants, moving them, propagating them, combining them with companion plants, and dealing with any problems that may arise. The core of the book is a gardener's guide to nearly 200 ornamental bamboos to grow and enjoy, supplemented by lists of bamboos for specific purposes.
About the Author
David Crompton, interested in plants for as long as he can remember, abandoned a career in finance in the City of London to devote himself to his nursery, Drysdale Garden Exotics, in Hampshire. There, he benefits from a maritime cool-temperate climate favoring a rich variety of bamboos and various other exotic-looking plants. In his garden he holds the National Collection of bamboos in the United Kingdom, a living reference library of species and cultivars, dedicated to their uses in the garden and their conservation.
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