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Fantastic color photographs and excellent writing make this an inspirational and accessible guide for specialty plant collectors, alpine and rock gardeners, and city gardeners, as well as anyone gardening in small spaces. Readers will learn about the ease and practicality of growing bulbs in containers -- bringing year-round color and interest to one's home. Popular classic bulbs are included, as well as a range of more unusual varieties such as the delicate-looking but surprisingly unfussy corydalis, and graceful, late-spring-flowering scillas. The book details how to plan and prepare for a year of flowering bulbs -- how to store bulbs during the dormant period and get them ready for planting, how to make homemade shelters to protect plants during the growing season before they begin to flower, and how to create simple accessories that show off the final display. Detailed advice on seed propagation provides gardeners an inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and satisfying method of increasing their range of species bulbs.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-216) and index.
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Library Journal Review
When it comes to bulbs, readers have a wide variety of book resources; here are three new additions to the literature. Horticultural consultant Bryan (Bulbs) has written a comprehensive guide for laypeople to bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers that flower from early spring through autumn. The bulk of the book, illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, is made up of a listing of bulbs alphabetized by genus. Each entry includes common name, plant description, bloom period, soil type, light requirements, planting instructions, U.S.D.A. hardiness zones, and garden uses. Where applicable, individual species are listed within an entry. Gardeners interested in growing daffodils, tulips, or hyacinths will find British horticulturist Stebbings's book a joy. Lavishly illustrated with 100 color photographs of individual flowers, Spring Bulbs describes 240 species and cultivars of daffodils, 190 of tulips, and 80 of hyacinths. Each flower is accompanied by information on history, breeding, structure, commercial production, cultivation, problems, and group classification. Stebbings describes each group and lists several cultivars, noting their colors and shapes as well as his opinions on their beauty and usefulness. If pictured, the page number of the image is also included. British garden writer Leeds (The Plantfinder's Guide to Early Bulbs) arranges his book first by season, then by scientific name. He describes a vast array of plants; advises on such topics as planning and preparation, storage, and seed propagation; and instructs on ideal conditions for growing bulbs in containers as well as how to make protective shelters and accessories. More than 100 mostly color photographs illustrate the text. Bryan's easy-to-follow guide is recommended for all gardeners while Stebbings's work is for more serious bulb growers who want descriptions of the myriad cultivars of spring's blooming bulbs. As for Leeds's book, its decidedly British slant makes it less useful for those who garden in the United States, as very few Americans garden in Leeds's relatively mild English climate. No U.S.D.A. hardiness zones are listed, but libraries in areas with similar climatic conditions will want to consider purchasing.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Set apart by its wide-ranging approach, Leeds' guide offers irresistible ideas for enhancing the beauty of bulbs in container plantings. Highlighting how to grow and enjoy single specimens, Leeds provides additional examples of complementary effects achieved by combining, for instance, fragrant narcissus and grape hyacinths with the textural leaves of a low-growing cotoneaster. Gardeners are presented with an abundance of choice flowering species to consider as Leeds gives detailed descriptions together with practical advice on growing conditions, tips on soil mixes, and light and temperature requirements. Guidance includes instruction on propagation techniques such as growing bulbs from seed, separating tiny offsets, and the scaling method. Emphasizing year-round displays appropriate for gardens, greenhouses, and the home, Leeds points the way to designing sequential exhibitions in a guide that enlarges upon what is found in basic gardening or design manuals, and that is enhanced greatly by the photographs of Marie O'Hara. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2005 Booklist