Synopses & Reviews
There are few delights as universal as spotting the first buds of spring. The appearance of a bold tulip or a shy daffodil heralds warmth and changing seasons. These plants, as well as others such as nerines, lilies, irises, and hyacinths, begin life as bulbs. While they require careful cultivation, they can brighten gardens year after year.
With the expert guidance in Growing Garden Bulbs, readers will have the confidence and inspiration they need to get started growing fantastic bulbs. This practical and highly illustrated guide focuses on growing temperate garden bulbs in the outdoor garden. It walks readers step-by-step through all aspects of bulb growing, covering everything from buying to blossom. Chapters address the when and how of buying bulbs, selecting the best specimens, planting both outdoors and in pots, naturalizing, keeping pests and diseases away, and, for the more adventurous, propagating plants. In addition, a detailed planting guide takes readers through every season, making it easier to plan gardens. Because the book draws on more than thiry years of experience from one of the leading experts on bulbs, readers can be sure they are getting accurate and practical information.
From tulips to snowdrops, fritillaries, daffodils, and many more, Growing Garden Bulbs looks at all the popular garden bulbs and their relatives, highlighting plants that can be easily found in garden centers and local nurseries. Thanks to the book’s user-friendly style and rich illustrations, the hardest part will be choosing which bulbs to buy first.
"Richard Wilford has a lot of useful tips about how to tackle the long-term care of bulbs (feed with tomato food when the plants are in bloom, to avoid producing leaf rather than flowers); and has many pointers on planting, either in pots or in the soil. But of course the real fun is his choice selection of good flowering bulbs to run right across the gardening year, beginning with elegant snowdrops such as Galanthus elwesii in winter and ending with the bright sting of lilac provided by autumn cyclamen."
"Any book published under Kew Gardens aegis is always first rate, brief, exact, with excellent information and photographs. This work presents details on bulbs by season of bloom, starting with winter, spring, summer, autumn, as well as South African bulbs, nerines, crocosmias, and ixias, generally autumn blooming. . . . A handy reference guide on bulbs"
Alpines, From mountain to garden is a refreshing new perspective on the many stunning plant species that make their home above the treeline. Where most guides to alpine plants have favored collecting and rare species, Richard Wilford offers a holistic approach that describes their discovery and introduction into cultivation and why these factors must be taken in to consideration when planting these mountain dwellers in your garden.
Organized geographically, Alpines, From mountain to garden covers the conditionsand#8212;drainage, climate, light levels, temperature, and precipitationand#8212;and species native to each of nine regions, including the United States and Canada, South America, China, Europe, and Africa.and#160; In all, over three hundred plants are described and prolifically illustrated. Additional chapters cover cultivation, conservation, and the impact of indiscriminate collecting on the many species that are now on the verge of extinction. With its wealth of insight into where alpine plants come from and how this affects their cultivation, this new book from Kewand#8217;s Botanical Magazine Monograph series is sure to be a hit with gardeners, collectors, travelers, and photographers alike.
About the Author
Richard Wilford is the collections manager for the Hardy Display section at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He sits on the editorial panel of Curtisandrsquo;s Botanical Magazine, the worldandrsquo;s oldest plant journal, and has written regularly for Kew magazine. His other books includeand#160;Alpines, from Mountain to Garden andand#160;Tulips: Species and Hybrids for the Gardener.
Table of Contents
Planting and caring
Planting in the grass
Growing bulbs in pots
Pests and diseases
Bulbs by season
Hyacinths and bluebells
Small blue bulbs
Dog’s tooth violets
Dahlias and begonias
South African bulbs