How many varieties of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths would you suppose are accessible to garden-variety gardeners? Hundreds is the answer, and you can try any of 240 species and cultivars of daffodils, 190 tulips, and 80 hyacinths, all beautifully photographed in close-ups of blooms and wide views of beds.
From experience gained from such diverse venues as the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and Graaff's Oregon Bulb Farms, Bryan introduces bulb types and cultivation needs and profiles some 700 species, cultivars, and hybrids. Based on his encyclopedic Bulbs (2002), this handy guide includes enticing color photos, bulbs for specific locations and purposes, hardiness zone maps, nursery sources, a glossary, and further reading. Annotation #169;2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Exploding the myth that bulbs are a short-lived, springtime wonder, Rod Leeds shows how container growing can bring colour and interest to your garden, terrace, conservatory, greenhouse, or indoor room on most days of the year. Here you will find both popular classics and a vast range of more unusual contenders including delicate-looking but surprisingly unfussy corydalis and graceful, late-spring-flowering scillas. There is detailed cultivation advice for each plant as well as ideas for suitable containers and display locations, each captured by photographer Marie O'Hara. This book throws light on the versatility and sheer range of bulbs now available to the plant enthusiast."--BOOK JACKET.
Both Latin and common names always listed Indispensable charts detailing flowering and growth patterns, color, and essential notes Beautiful, detailed, and informative illustrations Useful hints and tips from the experts Clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for key tasks
Grow hearty dahlias, delicate freesia, autumn crocuses, spring hyacinths, winter snowdrops, indoors or out, from healthy bulbs to flowering splendor with the help of this practical, how-to guide for beginners. View 150 lush photographs and choose from hundreds of varieties of bulbous plants from more than 50 genera, including Allium, Gladiolus, Hyacinthus and Tulipa, to add beauty and versatility to any garden. Each entry in the A to Z directory explains how to buy individual bulbs; when, how and where to plant, from grass and outside containers to an alpine greenhouse; and how to care for plants, before, during and after flowering, including: soil preparation; feeding and dead-heading; propagation; and controlling and preventing pests and diseases.