Japanese Garden Books – Growing Garden Plants

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Garden Plants of Japan

Japanese plants have had an unmistakable influence on the gardens of the world. Who can imagine gardens without flowering cherries, hostas, Japanese maples, or magnolias? For all the popularity of these plants in international gardens, however, few gardeners know the full story of Japanese plants — their history and uses in gardens in Japan, their horticultural merits for gardens of all kinds, even the meaning and symbolism of their native names.

Now for the first time, a color encyclopedia provides an authoritative overview of the Japanese garden flora. Garden Plants of Japan serves as a manual for horticultural advice, a source of inspiration for armchair gardeners, even a guidebook for travelers to Japan. Sumptuously illustrated, it explores the entire palette of plants cultivated in Japan, carefully noting which plants are authentically Japanese and which are transplants. The selection of plants and the amount of detail and insight are unprecedented.

Japanese Maples

A comprehensive source of information on the culture, identification, and nomenclature of Japanese maples, it describes each of the 320 cultivars of Acer palmatum and 60 cultivars of other Japanese maple species, plus briefly mentions another 150 cultivars that may prove to be promising new plants. The index lists every cultivar name published, so that Japanese Maples will continue to be the foremost reference book on this wonderfully versatile collection of ornamental plants.

In this fully revised and updated third edition, we have added important new maple cultivars (approximately 100) that have been introduced since the last revision by Vertrees in 1987. This brings to nearly 400 the total number of plants described. We have updated nomenclature to conform to current standards, included more photos, (approx. 25% more, 313 vs. 252), and improved a number of photos. We have also arranged cultivar descriptions in alphabetical order irrespective of their group, so replacing the original format of alphabetical arrangement by groups. 313 color photos, 8 1/2 x 11″

Success With Rhododendrons and Azaleas

This new edition of Success with Rhododendrons and Azaleas offers in one handy volume all the information gardeners need to grow these delightful plants. Reiley advises on selecting the best Rhododendron cultivars for any site based on cold hardiness and heat tolerance and shares modern methods for transplanting containerized plants. The text has been fully updated for this revised edition, and presents the latest cutting-edge research. The indispensable “good-doer” lists have been refined, and a new chapter on North American native azaleas added. Reiley has included more than 100 color photographs illustrating these lavishly blooming shrubs. This improved version of an already popular reference is an invaluable tool for azalea and rhododendron fans.

American Azaleas

Other than a few Asiatic and one European species, North America is home to all the deciduous azaleas, members of the genus Rhododendron. There are native American azaleas suitable for a wide variety of garden environments. Gardeners interested in knowing more about these attractive, usually fragrant shrubs will discover here the diversity to be found in the species and will learn about recent trends in cultivation, selection, and hybridization. American azaleas are not used as much as they should be in gardens and in landscaping, even in areas where the plants are native and are common along roadsides. The author offers expert recommendations on all the horticultural aspects important for growing these colorful shrubs, including siting, soil preparation, and companion plantings. His coverage of the native species and the cultivars is comprehensive and up to date. The book provides all that the reader needs to enjoy the year-round pleasures offered by American azaleas.

Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs

With stunning color photos throughout, this gardening guide describes more than 50 types of the best flowering shrubs and details their use in home landscaping. Shrubs are arranged by genus, separated into deciduous flowering and notable evergreen shrubs, and listed with the common name; size and shape; foliage color, shape, and texture; flower and fruit (if any); soil, nutrient, and light needs; pruning needs for maximum growth and/or flower; and USDA Hardiness Zones. Details of specific species, cultivars, and varieties that lead to exceptional size, color, flower, hardiness, and durability are also included. Helpful hints on soil types, watering, pest control, and pruning explore how best to plant and care for any shrub. The appendix includes lists of nurseries, web sites for further information, and an extensive index and bibliography.

Gardening with Conifers

This is the complete guide to coniferous trees and shrubs of the world that are available to the North American gardener. Stunning color photographs show conifers used in a variety of environments, from small gardens to magnificent estates.

Gardening with Conifers reveals the unexpected magic that conifers can bring to every garden and the many roles they can play in creating structure and balance for year-round visual interest and color. This book describes 200 varieties and offers expert advice on: – Size and growth rates – Site and soil preferences – Planting, maintenance and propagation – Pruning, pests and diseases – Dwarf conifers and ground covers – Conifers in containers and more.

Landscaping With Ornamental Grasses

Sunset is the first to offer Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses, a complete design and reference book that explores the history of grasses in their natural settings, and describes how to integrate them in a variety of climatic situations shady woodland to desert, Asian-style gardens to naturalistic landscapes, family-friendly yards to small patios. Step-by-step directions, over 250 beautiful photos, ideas for stylish indoor container and craft projects, and retail and mail-order sources make this new edition a must for anyone passionate about expanding their gardening repertoire.

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