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Encyclopedia of water garden plants
Speichert, C. Greg.
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Portland : Timber Press, 2004.
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386 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants is the definitive photographic reference to the full range of plants available to the water gardener. This volume includes hundreds of water garden plants often overlooked in other books, such as marginal plants, floating plants, bog plants, and submerged plants. Of course, waterlilies and lotuses are described in detail as well. The encyclopedia offers complete information on hardiness, culture, propagation, and pests and diseases. With more than 700 beautiful color photos and helpful introductory chapters on pots, soils, and fertilizers, this book promises to be the bible for the selection and cultivation of every water garden plant.

Author Notes

Greg and Sue Speichert are founders of Water Gardening magazine, and the American Water Garden Society. They write frequently on water gardening for Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and Pondkeeper. They founded Crystal Palace Perennials. Greg Speichert holds a degree in horticulture from Purdue University and frequently lectures on water gardening. Sue Speichert is editor of Water Gardening

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Booklist Review

Most books on water gardening devote too little space to plants, and yet, the plants one chooses will be critical to the success or failure of any given situation. The Speicherts have spent years working on this comprehensive resource, offering gardeners beautifully written entries that take in all the characteristics and cultivation requirements of hundreds of plants. A vast range of plant possibilities is included, from marginal species and floating plants to many that grow with submerged roots or in bogs. So, whether a gardener is dealing with a large pond in the countryside, a boggy backyard area, or a solitary barrel converted to a water garden, this lushly illustrated compilation filled with color photographs should provide the details and guidance necessary to select appropriate specimens for any type of acquatic design. Countless cultivars are described as the authors propose the best, most attractive flora to enhance the prospect of a water garden environment. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Waterlilies, lotus, submerged, floating and marginal water plants all get their due in this lavishly illustrated encyclopedia by Water Gardening Magazine founders Greg and Sue Speichert. Each category of plant is discussed in its own chapter, with information about its proper soil, planting and climate requirements. Much of the book is given over to descriptions of various species, and home gardeners should especially appreciate the book's useful appendixes, which list plants for special places, such as table-top ponds, as well as by their colors. 707 color photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

This ambitious reference looks beyond the more familiar water lilies and lotuses to include a diversity of plants that grow submerged or floating in ponds and bogs or around the perimeter of water features. All of these plants usually merit a few pages in general water gardening books, but the Speicherts, founders of Water Gardening Magazine and the American Water Garden Society, offer greater detail about varieties, planting techniques, soil and fertilizer requirements, and maintenance. They grow many of these plants at their nursery, Crystal Palace Perennials, St. John, IN, and illustrate their book with more than 700 helpful color photographs showing bare-root tubers and step-by-step procedures for division and planting. The authors devote separate chapters to hardy waterlilies, tropicals, lotus, marginal plants, irises, waterlily-like plants (such as water snowflakes), floaters, and submerged plants. Despite a glut in water-garden publishing in recent years, this is the most comprehensive guide to all types of water plants and would make an excellent addition to gardening collections, though the price tag may limit it to larger libraries.-Beth Crim, Prince William P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Over 700 gorgeous color photographs provide a visual feast for anyone studying or planting water gardens and using this comprehensive work. The Speicherts (founders of Water Gardening magazine, 1996- , the American Water Garden Society, and Crystal Palace Perennials nursery) share their expertise in this thoughtful, thorough, well-organized reference. Besides the usual water lilies, lotus, and marginals, they provide details about iris and floating, submerged, and bog plants. Each chapter begins with landscape uses and covers bloom season, sunlight, wind and water depth, seasonal care and maintenance, planting, and propagation, ending with discussion of individual species. The Speicherts even cover plants for tabletop gardens. Other chapters include "Pots and Soil," "Fertilizers," and "Pests and Diseases." The appendixes include three lists: "Plants for Special Places and Purposes," "Plants by Flower Color," and "Native and Rare or Endangered Plants." There are two other appendixes: "Measurement Conversion Charts" and "USDA Hardiness Zone Map." A lengthy index provides numerous access points, including common names. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Adventurous gardeners, students, faculty, homeowners, and landscapers interested in water gardens. S. C. Awe University of New Mexico

Table of Contents

Ann Lovejoy
Forewordp. 7
Chapter 1. Introduction to Water Plantsp. 9
Chapter 2. Pots and Soilp. 15
Chapter 3. Fertilizers for Pond Plantsp. 21
Chapter 4. Hardy Waterliliesp. 29
Chapter 5. Tropical Waterliliesp. 79
Chapter 6. Lotusp. 101
Chapter 7. Marginalsp. 121
Chapter 8. Irisesp. 291
Chapter 9. Waterlily-like Plantsp. 313
Chapter 10. Floating Water Plantsp. 327
Chapter 11. Submerged Water Plantsp. 341
Chapter 12. Pests and Diseasesp. 357
Appendix A. Plants for Special Places and Purposesp. 366
Appendix B. Plants by Flower Colorp. 369
Appendix C. Native and Rare or Endangered Plantsp. 372
Appendix D. Measurement Conversion Chartsp. 373
Appendix E. U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zone Mapp. 374
Indexp. 375