Experienced gardeners will know that bulbs are one of the most important garden elements. In this highly useful guide, more than 200 bulbs currently available on the market are presented by season, from the relatively unknown and exotic to the reliable and indispensable.
For every season there are outstanding bulbs: spring brings snowdrops, crocuses, tulips and decorative garlic and in summer dahlias, lilies and gladioli; in fall autumn crocuses and precious saffron. Finally, in winter, amaryllis, cyclamen, oxalis and clivias plants brighten homes in the darker winter months and throughout a good portion of the early year. For those in warmer climates, many of these winter bulbs are just one more season of garden color. Pierre Gingras also discusses:
- the characteristics of true bulbs, corms, tuberous roots and rhizomes
- gardening in microclimates
- tips on buying bulbs
- mulching and hardiness
- growing basics, fertilizing, and forcing
- propagating and naturalizing.
Bulbs for all Seasons features more than 70 different species, including Amorphophallus titanum, an arum species that produces the biggest flower in the world. There is also a glossary of terms as well as a bibliography and detailed index. Easy to read yet comprehensive, this book is the ideal reference source for all gardeners.