An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle & Paul Craft 528 pp, 929 colour
Price: US $49.95
This book is an
essential reference for gardeners, horticulturalists, and palm
enthusiasts who wish to include these plants, as well as other
tropical landscape specimens, in their gardens.
890 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water
needs, height, and any additional specific requirements.
Also included is history about the plants, ethnobotany and
biology, as well as a comprehensive glossary of scientific name pronunciation.
There are more than 900 exquisite photographs
complementing the rich text, providing the reader with a first-hand
view, as well as practical guidelines for growing these fantastic
plants. Readers will
devour the luscious palm selections, showing their varied foliage
texture, leaf colour, and habitat size. Palm enthusiasts will be sure to look at this resource, time
and time again for information.
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
338 pp, 131 colour photos, hardcover
Price: US $29.95
The difference between a garden that looks its
for a few brief days and one that
delights the eye for weeks and months on end is frequently
just a matter of good planning and judicious care.
first key to success lies in good site planning and plant selection
that emphasizes each plantís strengths.
Following that in importance is learning how and when to
prune and shape perennials to produce more flowers. encourage lush
new growth, discourage pests, stagger bloom times, and maintain
An extensive encyclopedia of
important perennial species and cultivars explains the pruning and maintenance needs of each plant. Wonderfully
useful appendices offer a month-by-month planting and maintenance schedule for the typical perennial garden.
Palms Wonít Grow
Here and other myths
David A. Francko
308 pp, 78 colour photos, hardcover
Price: US 27.95;
provides real-world information to help adventurous gardeners grow
plants they never dreamed possible.
He touches upon subjects such as finding your gardenís
micro-climates, choosing a proper site, and selecting hardy species
of plants. He also
offers practical tips such as wrapping the trunks of
marginally-hardy trees with burlap and the roots with heat cables,
to help give them a boost over a cold winter.
This book pushes the envelope of
traditional thinking and introduces a new level of gardening
possibility. It will inspire cool-climate gardeners to think Ďoutside
the boxí and experiment with trying new, exotic plants in their
gardens - and succeed!