Synopses & Reviews
With their heady perfume and stunning visual appeal, lavenders have been prized by gardeners since ancient times. Lavender
is a truly comprehensive study that enables the reader to research and identify more than 200 lavender species and varieties. With chapters on cultivation, propagation, pests and diseases, and botanical history, this book is as practical as it is authoritative.
More than 200 photos document recent advances in color variation that have resulted from intense breeding; plants now available range from deep purple and lilac to white, cream, pink, and red-violet. With so many hardy and dependable plants to choose from, no lavender enthusiast will want to be without this indispensable book.
"For lavender enthusiasts, this book serves as an authoritative botanical reference ... a handsome, worthwhile, well–researched book."
—Lynn Hunt, Fine Gardening, July/August 2001 Fine Gardening
"The definitive text on this easy–to–grow plant."
—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, April 28, 2001 The Washington Post
"Serious gardeners are certain to value this comprehensive reference."
—Country Living Gardener, January/February 2001 Country Living Gardener
For lovers of this exquisite plant, everything you need to know is now at your fingertips, covering more than 200 lavender species and varieties.
About the Author
Virginia McNaughton formerly worked as Botanical Officer at Christchurch Botanical Gardens, New Zealand. She has written articles and lectured widely, and her book The Essential Lavender has served as the leading horticultural text on lavender. Together with her husband, she manages a specialist lavender business, and she is also responsible for the national reference collection of lavender for the Herb Foundation of New Zealand.