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Special plants : over 500 outstanding plants for the enthusiastic gardener
Taylor, Jane, 1944-
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Publication Information:
London : Quadrille, 1998.
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
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Country living (London, England)
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SB407 .T238 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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InSpecial Plants,Jane Taylor offers a personal selection of both familiar and lesser-known plants. She begins with those trees and shrubs with enough character to stand on their own and to provide an overall framework for the garden. She moves on to plants that scramble over walls and arches, and then to those that are happiest in woodland and bog. She looks at plants for beds and borders in two ways--to provide long-lasting flower and foliage effects and to add more fleeting delights, particularly those of bulbs and annuals. At the heart of each chapter is a plant-by-plant directory in which each entry pinpoints the plant's most effective feature and explains its basic horticultural requirements. Gracefully written and exquisitely photographed, this is book that will find its place at the side of every discriminating gardener.

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Booklist Review

Taylor's latest effort features inviting images of well-grown plants coupled with savvy observations and a wealth of expert advice. She encourages gardeners to consider the merits of hundreds of fine specimens and offers suggestions about how they might be used to create a compelling garden framework made up of contrasting types of foliage, floral displays, and complementary plant habits. The author's vast experience serves readers well: she points out the best varieties of trees and shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and climbers available in the current horticultural marketplace. Although many of the highlighted plants are suitable for milder climates, the range of specimens is extensive. --Alice Joyce