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Flower gardens
Hobhouse, Penelope.
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United States edition.
Publication Information:
New York : TODTRI, 2001.

Physical Description:
215 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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SB405 .H54 1991C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This gloriously colorful book is both a celebration of flowers and flower gardens and a thoroughly practical growing guide. The author focuses not only on individual flowers but the different roles flowering plants can play in garden pictures all through the seasons. There are discussions on striking accent plants, reliable companion plants, flowers for massing in carpets, and stunning floral backdrops. This book examines various subjects related to Flower Garden filled with ideas and practical suggestions. Over 270 delightful full-color photographs of featured gardens eloquently demonstrate each of these themes. Finally, the author has selected over 700 flowering plants in a comprehensive catalog giving full cultivation details. This is a most inspiring book for anyone who is intrigued and enchanted by flowers.

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Booklist Review

Britain's Hobhouse is the author of many gardening books. This volume focuses on the nuances of flowers--how to associate blooms, both visually and seasonally, so that the garden is "lifted out of the ordinary." Hobhouse covers such aspects of gardening as growing flowers to achieve what she calls a natural look, planning formal or grand schemes, framing flowers, orchestrating island beds, cultivating flowers in traditional borders, and creating flowering backdrops. There are 229 sumptuous color photographs and a catalog listing plants from abelias to zinnias. Each entry lists flower and foliage, height and spread, times of flowering, and color variations. This how-to book will benefit the advanced gardener but is not for the beginner. ~--George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Hobhouse, a well-known garden writer ( Garden Style , LJ 9/15/88; Gardens of the World , edited by Hobhouse and Elvin McDonald, LJ 3/15/91), here combines essays with reference. Giving examples from spectacular gardens in many countries, her essays discuss such topics as the natural garden, color, key plants, massing, and borders. The reference section, offering particulars on 307 herbaceous plants, includes information on hardiness, size, and soil and sun preferences for each. The hardiness zone map is based on temperature ranges rather than geographic areas, so is more useful than the usual presentation. This is a book for the experienced gardener who wants ideas for new plants to use and ways to group them. Not a ``how-to'' guide, it assumes that the reader knows how to prepare the beds, feed the plants, and deal with pests. The price is high, but then there are hundreds of beautifully reproduced, stunning color photographs. Not essential, but a good addition to strong gardening collections.-- Carol Cubberly, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.