Synopses & Reviews
Packed with more than 1,000 plants illustrated in full color, Perennials is an inspiring handbook to help you identify, choose, and grow your favorite varieties. Discover at a glance the full range of perennials available. Each entry combines a plant portrait with a concise botanical description, plus cultivation and propagation details. Helpful symbols indicate preferred growing conditions and cold hardiness. If you want a specific leaf or flower color in a particular season, the Plant Catalog will offer you the perfect specimen. All the essential considerations such as selecting a perennial plant, choosing a site and preparing the ground, watering, mulching, feeding, weeding, pest control, and transplanting are clearly explained. Propagation methods, form sowing seeds to division, stem-tip cuttings, and root cuttings, are also given. Whether you are planting a new garden or seeking new features of interest for an established one, Perennials is your indispensable, portable gardening companion.
About the Author
The text for Perennials was compiled with the help of distinguished and internationally recognized plant experts. Michael Upward has had a long-standing interest in perennial plants, raising them at Lye End Nursery in England, which he and his wife inherited some 20 years ago. For 30 years he has been secretary of the Alpine Garden Society, as well as a member of the Hardy Plant Society, of which he was treasurer in the 1960s. He has contributed to many horticultural publications. Linden Hawthorne, professional horticulturist, writer, and editor of a number of horticultural reference works, including The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. She was formerly a horticulturist at Harlow Carr Botanic Gardens in Harrogate.