Synopses & Reviews
Members of the bleeding heart family, such as the well-known Chinese bleeding heart, have long been among the best-loved flowers of the perennial border. In recent years, however, excitement about this group has reached fever pitch with the introduction of dozens of stunning new discoveries, particularly among the genus Corydalis. Super-hardy and adorned with blossoms in a spectrum of jewel-like colors, their popularity has surged to new heights. Despite this fame, however, and the long-standing interest in the bleeding heart family, little has been written about these versatile and easily grown plants until now. This thorough guide for gardeners and botanists covers all the cultivated species, hybrids, and cultivars of Corydalis, Dicentra, and allied genera in the bleeding heart family. Written by three international experts and published in association with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the book features concise descriptions, useful keys to the genera and species that allow for accurate identification of plants, and practical tips to successfully grow and use the plants in the landscape. Additional chapters cover the cultural history, cultivation, natural history, and distribution of the species, while a helpful glossary clarifies botanical terms. Fifty elegant line drawings and 115 vivid photographs showcase the range of brilliant colors and shapes of these botanical gems. The authors' formidable expertise and knowledge of the plants in the wild and in cultivation make this a must-read for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the world of perennial plants.
"About a plant family that few people understand and is widely dispersed around the world."Washington Post CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
"This book may include more details than the average home gardener cares to know, but the photos are inspiring and the group of plants needs to be seen in gardens more often." Seattle Post-Intelligencer Dallas Morning News
". . . a handsome book brimming with practical advice, close-up profiles and tempting illustrations." Washington Gardener
"Valuable for its beauty and well-written content, this book will delight its readers for years. Recommended."
"If you get a chance, do flip through it. Or read it cover to cover. Or buy it ... the information in it is very, very good."
About the Author
Mark Tebbitt is a botanist at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he manages a research program on the systematics of cultivated ornamental plants, with a special emphasis on Begonia. His research into ornamental plants has taken him to many parts of the world, and he has published a wide variety of articles. He holds a PhD in Begoniataxonomy from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. An active member of the American Begonia Society, he frequently lectures on begonias and other cultivated plants. At home he grows a large collection of Begoniaspecies in terraria.