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Clematis, the genus : a comprehensive guide for gardeners, horticulturists and botanists
Grey-Wilson, Christopher.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2000.
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219 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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SB413.C6 G74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This monograph stresses the species of Clematis, unlike The Gardener's Guide to Growing Clematis, which features the cultivars.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Widely respected in Europe, Oudolf is known for garden schemes that focus on perennial plants and their changing forms throughout the seasons. The Dutch nurseryman's designs integrate such elements as swaying grasses, distinctive flower forms (umbels, plumes, globes, buttons, and the like), and the curtainlike effects created by delicate traceries of leaves and blooms on plants with many stems. Calling on an appealing palette of plants, Oudolf's gardens feature well-chosen combinations of flora that appear stunningly naturalistic, and, moreover, where seedheads, dying vegetation, and the spent qualities of dormant plants merit regard. The text's descriptions of plant species will enlighten novice gardeners, who can also glean important aspects of garden planning. Passionate gardeners will find challenging new ways to look at plants amid Oudolf's exciting suggestions. The beautifully photographed book offers a trove of valuable advice that promises to help gardeners achieve the delightfully moody character of an Oudolf border. --Alice Joyce

Choice Review

Grey-Wilson, well versed in horticulture and botany, aims his book at the serious gardener, the horticulturist, and the botanist. Given the conflicting requirements of each, especially in taxonomy, this task is difficult. He has done a splendid job. Information on some 300 clematis species and cultivars is presented succinctly, photographs are excellent, and keys are reasonable. Given the current popularity of clematis, especially with serious gardeners and horticulturists, this book is welcome. Many rarer and unused clematis species should appeal to the jaded gardener looking for something new. This aspect sets the book off from the rest, which tend to concentrate on cultivars. The only other book that offers such coverage is currently not available in English translation. This reviewer has only minor complaints: in the section on hardiness zones, the US Department of Agriculture is abbreviated as ASDA; under pests and disease, the author suggests that rabbits can be controlled with cats or a gun (perhaps meant to be humorous, but it is poor advice for many places where the discharge of a firearm within city limits is illegal). Deer as pests is also not mentioned. Recommended highly for libraries with collections in botany and horticulture and those serving serious gardeners. General readers; graduate students through professionals. R. P. Poincelot; Fairfield University