Synopses & Reviews
Why do gardeners start plants from seed instead of just buying a flat of seedlings from their local nursery? Necessity. Seedlings of unusual or exotic plants simply aren't available at garden stores, but they are available in seed. Then there's the cost factor. A few packets of seeds are much cheaper than dozens upon dozens of seedlings. And finally there's the plants' health to consider. Plants grown from seed get a healthy start that can almost guarantee you a magnificent display in your garden. The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom
will teach you everything you need to know to germinate and grow more than 500 types of flowering plants. For every plant listed you'll find precise information on whether it will do well in your part of the country; how to sow seeds indoors and outdoors; when to transplant indoor seedlings out in the garden; what light, soil, and spacing requirements are necessary; general plant care; when you can expect the plants to flower; how to encourage more blooms; and how to propagate your plants by cutting, division, layering, or detaching runners.
The book also features more than 500 full-color flower photographs. A quick-reference chart outlines bloom time, color, height, and site requirements for more than 1,000 species, making this book an indispensable reference for planning and planting fabulous gardens.
"Concise, easy to use, and nicely laid out." Library Journal
"Each entry has information on the plant's botanic name, common name, description...zones in which the genus can be grown, flowering season, sowing, germination, transplanting, care, propagation, and the best combination of flowers." Booklist
A seasoned horticulturist offers gardening advice stemming from frustrations over buying seeds without useful growing instructions. A color plant gallery, planning charts by species, North American resources, zone maps, and a common-to-botanic name chart follow entries on 576 annuals and perennials
HANDLE An encyclopedic primer for growing 541 annuals, perennials, and bulbs in full-color, with at-a-glance planning charts for selecting species by height, color, and bloom time.
About the Author
Eileen Powell is the proprietor of Secret Gardens Landscaping, a small business that specializes in the design, implementation and maintenance of small gardens. She is involved in all areas of the business, including landscape design, manual labor and customer relations. Her goal involves helping the client develop his or her own garden keeping personal style in mind and then working to make that dream garden blossom. Her knowledge and experience adds a great deal of insight to her book, From Seed to Bloom, a one-step guide to growing over 500 annuals, perennials, and herbs. Eileen has a certificate in landscape design from George Washington University. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.