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Amazing annuals : more than 300 container and garden plants for summer-long color
Hogue, Marjorie Mason.
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Publication Information:
Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SB422 .H63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
SB422 .H63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Amazing Annuals is the long-awaited guide to the best of these new plants: more than 300 container and garden plants including the newest annuals, the latest bulbs, complete instructions for growing plants from seed to cutting and much more.


- Introduction

About Annuals
- What is an Annual?
- The Contained Garden

The Plants
- Cutting Edge Annuals
- Tender Perennials Grown from Cuttings
- Tender Bulbs
- Climbers and Trailers
- Flamboyant Foliage
- Annuals Grown from Seed

- Culture and Propagation

- Selected Sources of Annuals
- Glossary
- Index

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Hogue divides her discussion of 300 plants into sections on cutting-edge annuals, tender bulbs, climbers and trailers, flamboyant foliage, and annuals grown from seed. There is a chapter on growing plants in containers and one on culture and propagation (deadheading, insect control, collecting seeds, transplanting, etc.). There are tips on choosing plants for height, moisture, color, and light. Completing the volume is a glossary of plant terminology, and augmenting the text are more than 100 lovely color photographs. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

At first glance, these books appear similar: they cover the same ground, offer stunning photographs, and are written by well-qualified authors and lecturers. Hogue owns a specialty nursery near Toronto and appears frequently on radio and television. Clarke (Gardening with Foliage Plants, LJ 6/1/97) is known internationally as a lecturer on garden history and design. But the books are very different in tone, approach, and style. Amazing Annuals is a practical reference source that begins with an essay on the origins and uses of annuals. Hogue provides lists of annuals for various situations, then discusses color, fragrance, and container gardening. The core of the book is an alphabetical list of annuals, with descriptions, color photos, and growing conditions. Hogue gives good instructions for starting annuals from seed, pointing out that it is the only way to escape the limited variety offered as plants by garden centers. An extensive chart at the end of the book lists even more annuals than are included in the photo section, with description, height, colors, moisture, soil, light requirements, germination, and comments. Selected sources of annuals in North America, England, and on the Internet are included. Three Seasons of Summer is written in a narrative style that is at times poetic and includes anecdotes and personal experiences. Heuff's breathtaking photographs show annuals growing in borders, potagers, meadows, and containers, often in two-page spreads. They illustrate combinations of colors, textures, and heights, taking the reader from early spring through late fall. Although Clarke now lives in Texas, this is an English gardening book and not practical for North American gardeners. But in any case this is not a how-to book, instead providing pleasure and inspiration that can be translated to other environments. Both titles introduce readers to new annuals and provide creative ideas for their use. If your budget only allows one book, Amazing Annuals is the better choice for North American libraries.√ĄCarol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Introduction Annuals are often dismissed as boring or second-rate. It's true that certain types of impatiens, petunias and marigolds have definitely been overused, but it's not hard to find exciting new annuals to revitalize your plantings. Have you seen the new yellow seashell impatiens? Or the petunias that cascade 3 feet (1 m) from a window box? Or the tiny "Lemon Gem" marigolds with masses of dime-sized yellow blooms? Enjoying plants has been a way of life for me since the age of one when I picked all my grandmother's prized double petunias and proudly proclaimed them "Pretty!" My grandmother averted my mother's scolding by telling her that I should never be chastised for loving flowers. My family has been gardening for several generations: I learned to count to 100 with the help of peony buds in my great-grandfather's acre of perennials, which he grew to sell as cut flowers, and I followed my father's footsteps between the rows of vegetables in our market garden. Much later, after a 13 -year career as a teacher, I decided to enter the field of horticulture full time. I worked in a large garden center for 19 years, during which time I amassed a collection Of 500 varieties of pelargoniums (tender geraniums). Then it was time, with my son's help and my husband's encouragement, to start our own small specialty plant nursery, Mason Hogue Gardens. We originally focused on hardy perennials and bulbs, but neither my son Jeff nor I can resist trying a new plant when we see it listed in a catalogue. In the last few years there have been so many introductions of tender plants that it's been almost impossible to try them all -- Alonsoa , Anagallis , Angelonia , Anisodontea , Asarina -- the list goes on and on. When customers visit our display gardens, they are excited by the many unusual plants they see and are frequently surprised when they realize that the ones they like best are annuals! It really is a shame that some of the best flowers in a gardener's palette are overlooked simply because they're not perennials. Much as we love our perennial beds, it is difficult to have masses of bloom all summer long without incorporating some annuals into the scheme. Many great gardens have annuals drifted through the clumps of perennials. Even the famous double border in the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley in England uses dahlias, cleome, bidens and cosmos in this way. This is a book for every type of gardener -- the beginner who needs help getting started, the do-it-yourselfer who wants to grow masses of plants from seeds and cuttings, the person who gardens on a small balcony, the creative type who wants a garden different from all the others on the block, even the armchair gardener who just enjoys reading about plants -- but most especially, it's for anyone who has mastered perennials and is now ready to add annuals for the finishing touch. I have provided detailed descriptions of many different kinds of annuals: annuals grown from cuttings, seeds and bulbs; annuals to grow for their foliage; annuals to climb and trail; and annuals to grow for fragrance. A whole section on container gardening will take you through the exciting process of potscaping, step by step. A chart tells you everything you need to know to cultivate about 180 seed-grown annuals. You can discover how to care for your annual garden and how to reproduce some of your favorite plants in the section on propagation and culture. To my way of thinking, a truly great garden encompasses all types of plants. Trees and shrubs form the framework and perennials make up the body, but annuals, in the ground and in containers, are the crowning glory. Excerpted from Amazing Annuals by Marjorie Mason Hogue All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

About Annuals
What is an Annual?
The Contained Garden
The Plants
Cutting Edge Annuals
Tender Perennials Grown from Cuttings
Tender Bulbs
Climbers and Trailers
Flamboyant Foliage
Annuals Grown from Seed
Culture and Propagation
Selected Sources of Annuals