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In Garden Bulbs for the South, acclaimed garden expert Scott Ogden introduces Southern gardeners to more than 200 warm-climate bulbs that will perform wonderfully in their garden -- bulbs new, exotic, extraordinary, or unjustly neglected. A bulb for any need and any season -- many of which will return to increase in beauty. With nearly 200 gorgeous, full-color photographs, Garden Bulbs for the South is an inviting way to take the guesswork out of bulb planting.
This book was the first bulb book which truly addressed the climate of the gulf south. It is beautifully written, betraying the author's utter passion for bulbs, expecially the rainlilies and crinums, the persistent summer flowers seen all along the gulf coast. The book is strong, particularly in rainlilies and crinums, but also on which of those daffodils and other yankee bulbs will perennialize along the gulf coast (not many!). Its great strength though, is in the minor bulbs of Mexico and the US gulf coasts which are treated nowhere else because nobody else but gulf coasters can grow them, except perhaps in very southern CA, but then only sometimes.
For all its lyricism, the book can be quite confusing about which plant is which, where they will grow and the sources of some of the hybrids, and the pictures are less than adequate. Thad Howard's later book on similar bulbs is the perfect complement, and though not as strong as Ogden's is with history, it has superior pictures and gives credit where credit is due with regard to breeding bulbs in the gulf south.
Ogden's book remains in print as does Howard's. Anyone making or tending a serious garden in the gulf south (FL, AL, MS, LA & TX) would profit mightily from these books and enjoy themselves as well, especially with Ogden's book.