Cover image for The sweet pea book / Graham Rice ; principal photographer Judy White.
The sweet pea book / Graham Rice ; principal photographer Judy White.
Rice, Graham.
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Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2003.

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143 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
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SB413.S9 R53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An inspiring and comprehensive guide, The Sweet Pea Book is for anyone interested in growing these most exquisite of fragrant flowers and using them in the garden. It covers the colorful history of the sweet pea, provides detailed practical advice on seed raising and cultivation, offers ideas for using the plants effectively in the garden, and discusses dwarf sweet peas for small gardens and patios. A comprehensive descriptive list of species and varieties will prove useful to all sweet pea enthusiasts.

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Booklist Review

An Englishman with numerous gardening books to his credit, Rice recently wed American garden photographer judywhite, who contributes alluring images to this up-to-date guide to growing Lathyrus odoratus, the charming sweet pea. Rice offers gardeners a brief history of wild and cultivated plants and recommends specific varieties endowed with a strong perfume. A descriptive section lists the most desirable plants along with explanations that help clarify classifications ranging from dwarf and Grandiflora to flower types like Picotee. Gardeners wishing to grow copious amounts of healthy sweet peas for cutting or to enliven flower beds and borders should heed Rice's expert counsel on plant culture, care, and propagation, taking advantage, as well, of the proposed design ideas, from intermingling sweet peas so they scramble up rose bushes or shrubs to creating stunning color combinations or planting up eye-catching containers. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2003 Booklist