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The ultimate source of inspiration for the gardener, The Complete Garden Flower Book offers a host of ideas and advice about a vast range of different plants, from perennials to shrubs, herbs to cacti. This handy resource covers every flowering plant you can imagine and shows how to get the most from plants - whether you want to create stunningly attractive individual features or to complement existing planting schemes.
Gardeners are increasingly looking for more unusual planting ideas and The Complete Garden Flower Book explores the immense range of plants that are available today. The book looks at long-established favorites, providing a guide to growing both traditional plants such as honeysuckle and more unusual varieties such as Cymbidium orchid.
Each section opens with an introduction to planting, followed by in-depth plant profiles. Each plant profile offers detailed at-a-glance information with a month-by-month reminder on how, when, and where to grow each plant. Easy-to-follow growing advice is included throughout on over 600 plants and the book also explores what can go wrong and how to protect different species.
A comprehensive guide for both the novice and expert, The Complete Garden Flower Book includes everything you need to know to create a beautiful and harmonious flowering garden. Inspirational opening sections offer exciting ideas and useful tips, which will help you to choose the right plants for your garden
I picked this book up last year, when I was looking for ideas for my garden. It has lots of photographs, and tips for choosing and caring for your plants. This is a nice general encyclopedia of plants with both the common, and latin names listed. I highly recommend this book.
This was the first book I was given when I started to love gardening. It is 799 pages long and includes almost any topic a beginning gardener can think of: perennials, annuals, climbers, cacti/succulents, bulbs, shrubs, palms, herbs, orchids, etc-- it has a section on each, having a page or more on each plant in the category listed alphabetically.
I spent hours reading this book and still use it as a reference for identifying and learning plant characteristics.
I would not however, recommend this book to a seasoned gardener. Due to its broad scope of information, it somewhat lacks detail on specific plant species, and has almost no reference to specific cultivars and hybrids. Each category (shrubs, orchids, etc) does have moderately extensive information on propagatioin, pests/disease, and care.
Overall, as a broad reference to a novic gardener, this book is an excellent choice.