Synopses & Reviews
All the aspects of care and cultivation of a plant that offers fantastic versatility and color for nearly every month of the year Alpines have been a favorite plant for generations of gardeners and are as popular now as ever, as today's gardens generally become smaller. Whether planted in troughs, window boxes, raised beds, or between paving, alpines have great potential, offering some of the world's most exquisite flowers. This essential guide for beginners and enthusiasts covers traditional and contemporary settings; ideas for incorporating alpine plants into a new or existing garden plot; geometric planting ideas; advice on planting and maintenance; information on propogation methods and facilities; and an AZ reference of more than 180 of the best alpine plants, with a useful table of flowering times.
Published alongside 'Ground Cover Plants' as part of the Crowood Gardening Guide series. Each book is written by an acknowledged expert and is superbly illustrated throughout with colour photography and line drawings.
Alpines are for everyone. They are not difficult to grow, they do not die every winter, and they are the perfect answer for the smaller gardens of today, allowing a wide range of plants to be grown in a limited area. This guide is an attempt to lead the novice to an appreciation and love of these small treasures without having to risk disappointment by purchasing the wrong plants or by planting them in unsuitable places. The book will serve as a comprehensive introduction for every grower who needs help in creating an alpine garden, however small.
About the Author
Michael Mitchell started a nursery in 1986 and now has 25 years' experience in the propagation and cultivation of alpine and woodland plants. He has taught alpine courses for several years and his alpine plants have won seven gold medals at flower shows.