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Gardening with old roses
Scarman, John.
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London : HarperCollins, 1999.

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144 pages : color illustrations, plans ; 27 cm
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SB411.65.O55 S33 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening

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Booklist Review

Old-fashioned roses--the kind that give off a heavenly scent--are back in vogue. This volume, adorned with 200 color photographs, contains a directory of 140 varieties: once-flowering and repeat-flowering shrub roses, climbing roses, and rambling roses. Each listing gives the flower's color, fragrance, height and width, and the year it was introduced and the country. Each listing presents a color photograph. Scarman gives tips on planting, pruning, soil preparation, fertilizing, pest and disease control, and watering. There is a chapter on rose garden designs and one on companion planting. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Long neglected, antique roses with their extravagantly blowzy flowers, quite unlike the tight-petaled blooms of their modern cousins, hybrid teas, are deservedly enjoying renewed popularity. These two titles by British rosarians are evidence of this trend. Scarman, owner of an English nursery that specializes in old-fashioned varieties, presents a beautifully illustrated directory of 150 roses as well as chapters on plant design, companion planting (with examples of innovative combinations), and basic care. Although Beales, a commercial rose grower and daughter of renowned old-rose specialist Peter Beales, intended her Rose Basics as a general guide to growing all types of roses, she features many heirloom roses worthy of cultivation. Particularly useful is the chapter on roses for difficult conditions, such as shade and poor soil; such information is often neglected in basic rose culture guides. Because both of these titles were written for a British audience, they lack specific critical advice for American gardeners, i.e., appropriate rose selection and care for the highly diverse climatic regions of the United States. For such information, readers should turn to Rayford Reddell's A Year in the Life of a Rose: A Guide to Growing Roses from Coast to Coast (LJ 11/15/96) or Judith McKeon's Encyclopedia of Roses: An Organic Guide to Growing America's Favorite Flower (LJ 9/1/95). Nevertheless, these new titles should be included in general gardening collections.ÄBrian Lym, City Coll. Lib. of San Francisco (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.