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The Encyclopedia of Container Plants: More Than 500 Outstanding Choices for Gardenersby Ray Rogers
Synopses & Reviews
Container gardening is ideally suited to today's lifestyles — it provides the excitement, versatility, and variety of in-the-ground gardening to those with limited space, time, and resources. But in order to make the most of container gardening, aspiring gardeners — whether rank beginners or seasoned veterans — need to know precisely which plants perform best in containers; just as importantly, they need to know how to grow them well.
Author Ray Rogers is the ideal guide to this world of colorful possibilities. An award-winning container gardener and horticulturist, he profiles more than 500 outstanding plants in 180 genera. Along with Rogers's engaging descriptions, the entries include each plant's height and spread; light, moisture, temperature, and soil requirements; ease and rate of growth; principal interest and design attributes; potential problems; and best method of propagation. To this abundance of useful information, Rob Cardillo's stunning photographs add a wealth of visual inspiration.
Success with container gardening isn't always instantly achieved — it's easy to be seduced by brightly flowering plants at a nursery or garden center that turn out to be unsuited to the growing conditions provided for them, or that make poor companions for their pot-mates. Even a brief dip into this authoritative reference, however, is sure to yield a host of plants that will show just how spectacular a well-grown — and carefully chosen — container garden can be.
Book News Annotation:
After a career in public horticulture with the U. of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum and the American Horticulture Society, Rogers shifted to garden writing, speaking, and editing. An award-winning container gardener, he shares his expertise in this practical resource for all levels of gardeners, from the rank beginner to the seasoned veteran. The text includes an introductory discussion of the key considerations in container gardening; detailed descriptions of eight sample containers which demonstrate a wide range of plants, pots, and settings suitable for container gardening; and the A-Z encyclopedia profiling some 500 outstanding plants for containers. Each entry includes Rogers' description of the plant; its height and spread; light, moisture, temperature, and soil requirements; ease and rate of growth; principal interest and design attributes; potential problems; and optimal propagation method. Full-color photographs by Rob Cardillo, former director of photography at Organic Gardening. Oversize: 9x11.25". Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An award-winning container gardener and horticulturist profiles more than 500 outstanding plants in 180 genera. To this abundance of useful information, Cardillo's stunning photographs add a wealth of visual inspiration.
About the Author
Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people who tend them for more than 20 years. A former director of photography at Organic GardeningRay Rogers has won 397 blue ribbons and 88 top awards (including 5 Best in Show) for container-grown plants at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. After a career in public horticulture with the Morris Arboretum and the American Horticultural Society, he turned to garden writing, speaking, and editing. He is the author of Coleus and Pots in the Garden and the editor of several major gardening titles published by Dorling Kindersley. He holds a master's degree in horticulture and is an avid hybridizer of Hippeastrum
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