With over 250,000 different species of flowering plants in the world, choosing the right plant poses a bewildering choice for even the most experienced gardener. This A-Z aims to make the choice easier by providing a guide to proven favourites.
The Complete A-Z of Gardening in Australia is invaluable for identifying and growing your favourite flowers, vegetables, trees or shrubs. Included are: more than 2000 popular garden plants, all fully described; approximately 1500 colour photographs for easy identification of plants suited to the home garden; lists of plants suitable for special purposes or conditions; pruning, propagation, maintenance, compost making, and a host of other practical gardening topics discussed in detail; pests, diseases and weeds and the methods of controlling them, accompanied by colour photographs for instant identification
The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants is a beautifully illustrated giftable gardening reference book, which combines exquisite botanical illustrations with practical self-help projects. Every day sees a discovery in the press about the new uses of plants, and it's certain that most of our most important drugs are derived from plants. From willow (used to procure aspirin) to periwinkle (used in chemotherapy to treat lymphoma) many common garden plants have provided cures in modern medicine. In this book readers can discover more than 200 life-saving plants and 25 home-grown remedies to make themselves. Each home cure is described and illustrated with step-by-step photographs to show how you can be a gardener and heal yourself.
The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 2 contains accounts of the first 71 families of Dicotyledons, including the Aizoaceae and Cactaceae (large and important families of succulents), as well as many tree families (Juglandaceae, Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Ulmaceae) and popular herbaceous plants (Ranunculaceae, Papaveraceae, Cruciferae).
Flowers are with us at every stage of our life. They are featured in rituals and celebrations in cultures all over the world. We use them to adorn our home, to establish a mood, to give as gifts, and to create a garden of beauty and color. By choosing plants carefully, the gardener can produce a wonderful outdoor area that will continue to provide a delightful floral display throughout the seasons. The Complete Encyclopedia of Garden Flowers features the most beautiful blooms from around the world, including annuals and perennials, trees, orchids, shrubs, ground covers, bromeliads, and bulbs. As well as popular plants such as roses, rhododendrons, and camellias, there are the less well known but no less striking trumpet-shaped flowers of Brugmansia, the charming heart-shaped blooms of Dicentra, and the dazzlingly colorful flower spikes of Lupinus. The book begins with a fascinating introduction to growing flowers, choosing the right plant for your region, and caring for your garden. There are also informative articles on the different groups of flowering plants. Following this section is an A to Z of flowers, from abutilon to zinnia.
Mother Nature has the best herbal remedies and seasonings! Discover the health-giving benefits and flavor-enhancing properties of more than 80 versatile herbs, like eucalyptus, which can remedy your cold or relieve arthritis pain, or galangal, which can add a kick to your family's stir-fry. This reference is indispensable for your home when you want life to be more organic.
The ultimate gardening reference- two volumes covering everything you need to know to keep your garden flourishing, from the experts at the RHS. Choose the plants you want for your garden and learn to position and care for them properly with the new edition of this perennial favourite. Detailed profiles of 15,500 garden plants- from new and exotic varieties to garden favourites, provide all the guidance you need. Draw on authoritative, expert advice from Britain's leading horticulturists on cultivation, beating pests and diseases and creating outstanding displays. Includes a special section on how to use colour and in-depth features on the most popular plants such as lilies and hostas.
Entertaining and informative, the newly updated Britannica Student Encyclopedia helps children gain a better understanding of their world. Updated for 2012, more than 2,250 captivating articles cover everything from Barack Obama to video games. Children are sure to immerse themselves in 2,700 photos, charts, and tables that help explain concepts and subjects, as well as 1,200 maps and flags from across the globe. Britannica Student is curriculum correlated and a recent winner of the 2008 Teachers Choice Award and 2010 AEP Distinguished achievement award.
A comprehensive visual guide to more than 250 popular houseplants is designed to help readers choose the plants that can be most successfully kept and outline a maintenance plan for years of leafy enjoyment.
Describes the characteristics, cultivation, landscape use, and propagation of hundreds of species of perennials.
The botanical history of Britain and North West Europe has a dark and a light side. Plants have been used as weapons to harm people, taken deliberately as addictive drugs and also employed as tools in witchcraft and used as magical amulets. Yet many of these same plants have been medicinally vital to numerous European communities; as the author notes, frequently the only difference between a benevolent medicine and a poison is dosage. In this book, which is richly illustrated with modern colour photographs and illustrations from herbals, Robert Bevan-Jones brings together a wealth of documentary and archaeo-botanical sources to discuss the cultural, social (and anti-social) role of the fifty most significant species of poisonous plants and fungi found in Britain, either as natives or as introductions. An introductory essay puts into context the development of British society's knowledge of toxic plants: the 'cultural botany' applied in Britain today has evolved over thousands of years, absorbing information from European texts and importing useful plants from Europe, such as the mandrake. The book's central A to Z section - from aconite to yew - then informs the reader about the history and uses of 43 species of poisonous plants, especially those that have a documented history of medicinal usage. Four important fungi species - death cap, liberty cap, fly agaric and ergot - also have separate essays. As well as the plants' histories and appearance, their chemical constituents receive coverage; these give them powerful and diverse properties, which demand our admiration and respect. The book aims to add to the knowledge offered by field identification guides, and help reduce the risk associated with accidental ingestion. Case histories are given in as much detail as possible and the information will hopefully help the reader understand the properties of plants they may encounter, either in an archaeological, botanical or horticultural context. Most of these plants can yet be found growing in woodlands, parks, botanical gardens, roadsides, waterways, churchyards and abbey sites. This is an essential book not only for botanists and historical ecologists, but also for anyone interested in the toxic plant traditions of Britain and Europe.
Over 1000 plants are covered in this practical handbook, with specific instructions given for propagating over 500 popular garden varieties, including propagation by seed, cuttings and division as well as more advanced techniques which will enable readers to create plants to be proud of.
New edition of a classic work on Southern heirloom gardening . . .Heirloom plants belong in Southern gardens. Tough and adapted, tried and true, pretty and useful, these living antiques--passed through countless generations--represent the foundation of traditional gardens as we know them today. Heirloom Gardening in the South is a comprehensive resource that also offers a captivating, personal encounter with two dedicated and passionate gardeners whose love of heritage gardening infuses the work from beginning to end. Anyone who wants to know how to find and grow time-honored and pass-along plants or wants to create and nurture a traditional garden is sure to find this a must-have addition to their home gardening library. Inside the book: New essays on naturalizing daffodils, slips and starts, and growing fruit; A completely updated and expanded heirloom plant encyclopedia;Revised plant lists (bulbs, cemetery plants, etc.) New material on the creation of two of the authors' personal gardens Building on the popularity of the original edition, this lively, entertaining, and informative new book from two proven experts will be enthusiastically welcomed by gardeners and horticulturists throughout Texas and the South.
For many plants, correct pruning is vital for the best flowers and fruit. For others, pruning can create a more pleasing shape, or prolong the life of a tree or shrub. Many gardeners approach pruning with some trepidation, but Plant Pruning A to Z demystifies the process and clearly describes the basics. There is also information on specific techniques for pruning fruit trees, hedges, shrubs and climbers. The comprehensive A to Z section gives concise information on the pruning of over 200 popular ornamental plants including a general plant description, when to prune, tips for encouraging flowers or new growth and propagation. With easy-to-access sections and tables of general pruning information, Plant Pruning A to Z is the ideal garden reference book for everyone who wants to make the most of their trees and shrubs.