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The color encyclopedia of hostas
Grenfell, Diana.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2004]

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407 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
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SB413.H73 G73 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
SB413.H73 G73 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening
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Hostas are consistently voted the gardener's favorite perennial -- their clean lines, sumptuous leaves, and elegant flowers offer great potential for striking specimen plantings and also make them the most accommodating of companion plants. The core of this encyclopedia is a fully illustrated collection of the world's finest hostas. This valuable resource provides a full description and color photograph for more than 750 plants. Informative sections on hosta classification and botany, gardening ideas, advice on pests and diseases, and a quick-reference list of the best hostas for different purposes add depth to this comprehensive review of the present-day hosta.

Author Notes

Diana Grenfell became fascinated by hostas in the mid-1960s. She is co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and a life member of the American Hosta Society. Grenfell has done much to raise the profile of hostas throughout the world, broadcasting, lecturing and writing on all aspects of the plant. She has also contributed many authoritative books and articles on the subject. Having recently retired from Apple Court Nursery, where she held the National Plant Collection for Small-leaved Hosta, she is now in the process of creating a small town garden in Gloucestershire, England
Michael Shadrack has been a member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society for twelve years and is currently their chairman and bulletin editor. He is also a member of the American Hosta Society, presently serving as chairman of their Strategic Planning Committee. His interest in photography has led to a library of nearly 3200 hosta images, many of which have been published in books, magazines and catalogs. He regularly gives talks and lectures on hostas in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This illustrated collection features 750 varieties of hostas: those "exotic, luxuriant-leafed perennials," as HRH The Prince of Wales describes in his preface, that have spread their way into gardens and greenhouses everywhere. Originally cultivated in Japan, the hardy plants form a protruding lily-like bloom among clumps of heart-shaped leaves in a rainbow of hues-from the "Blue Clown" to the "Gold Regal" to the slightly variegated sage and white "Abba Irresistible." In entries organized by color, hosta specialist Grenfell reviews the special needs and features of each, also offering advice on designing beds and containers and combating pests and diseases. Appendices include hardiness zone maps for Europe and North America, suggestions for how to use and where to see hostas, and a glossary. Shadrack's sumptuous photographs form a bright centerpiece for this comprehensive guide. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Choice Review

Hostas, striking perennial plants with sumptuous leaves and elegant flowers, rank high in gardening interest everywhere. This well-illustrated encyclopedia contains color photographs of over 750 of the finest Hosta varieties. Grenfell's Hostas knowledge and Shadrack's striking photographs combine to make this the definitive volume. Brief introductory chapters cover history, cultivation, gardening, and pests and diseases. Most of the volume concentrates on detailed descriptions and photographs of over 750 Hostas, arranged by leaf colors and markings. Thorough descriptions accompany photographs, with notes on classes (there are six, based on leaf size, Giant to Dwarf), origin, clump size, leaf coloration, and flowers. In addition, valuable advice appears in "Comments and Special Needs," while enthusiasts will be interested in "distinguishing features" and a "similar to" list. Short appendixes have hardiness zone maps (European and American), recommended lists, display garden locations, purchasing sources, and important resources. A small glossary, bibliography, and comprehensive index of all Hosta names complete the volume. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public libraries and colleges and universities offering horticulture or landscaping majors. M. S. Muskiewicz University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Preface & Acknowledgementsp. 13
Chapter 1 Hostas in the Wildp. 15
Chapter 2 Hostas in the Westp. 17
Chapter 3 The Cultivation of Hostasp. 23
Chapter 4 Gardening with Hostasp. 32
Chapter 5 Pests, Diseases & Other Threats to Hostasp. 41
Chapter 6 Hostas with Green Leavesp. 49
Chapter 7 Hostas with Chartreuse, Yellow & Gold Leavesp. 103
Chapter 8 Hostas with Glaucous Blue, Blue-Gray, Blue-Green & Gray-Green Leavesp. 155
Chapter 9 Hostas with Marginally Variegated Leavesp. 213
Chapter 10 Hostas with Medio-Variegated Leavesp. 295
Chapter 11 Hostas with Streaked, Stippled, Flecked, Marbled, Misted & Unusually Marked Leavesp. 337
Chapter 12 Hostas for Connoisseursp. 359
Hardiness Zone Mapsp. 388
Appendix 1 The Best Hostas for Different Purposesp. 390
Appendix 2 Where To See Hostasp. 391
Appendix 3 Sources for Hostasp. 393
Appendix 4 Hosta Societies & Other Resourcesp. 394
Glossaryp. 395
Bibliographyp. 397
Index of Hosta Namesp. 398