A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers: An Organic Guide to Choosing and Growing Over 150 Beautiful Wildflowers

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Rodale Press, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 192 pages
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A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers provides all the information gardeners need to choose and grow beautiful wildflowers that will thrive in their own gardens. With this highly practical and visual guide, even beginning gardeners can add wildflowers to their perennial beds or create lovely woodland, meadow, and prairie gardens. A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers makes it easy to plan and plant any size or style of wildflower garden - whether you have a bare strip along the driveway that you'd like to turn into a sunny wildflower bed, a couple of shade trees you'd like to underplant with woodland wildflowers, or an old field you'd like to convert to an easy-care meadow garden. A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers shows you the three main types of wildflower gardens - woodland, meadow, and prairie - and the soil and light conditions they need to thrive. Next, you'll find in-depth information on how and where to buy wildflower seeds and plants, including tips on how to avoid buying plants that have been collected from natural areas. Sections on growing wildflowers present step-by-step instructions for preparing wildflower garden sites, planting, watering, fertilizing, and weeding. Most wildflowers are naturally pest-free, but for those times when problems crop up, this book offers organic control options for slugs, aphids, powdery mildew, animal damage, and other common garden problems. The A-to-Z wildflower encyclopedia covers over 150 species of wildflowers, including perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Each entry features a gorgeous color photograph of the wildflower, with its common and botanical names (including how to pronounce them!). You'll learn where the plant grows naturally and, when grown in gardens, what hardiness zones it will thrive in. Next, you'll find a clear description of the plant's flowers, leaves, shape, size, and fruits or berries. Plus, you'll find tips on the best places to use these plants in your garden, along with beautiful plant combinations for each wildflower. Each entry also offers organic growing instructions and explains how to propagate the plant. And if there are exciting varieties or cultivars of a wildflower, you'll find descriptions of them in these entries, too.

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About the author (1997)

Ellen Phillips holds a master's degree in horticulture and is executive editor of Rodale garden books. A lifelong gardener, she lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania. C. Colston Burrell, garden designer, photographer and author of the award-winning "A Gardener's Encyclopedia of Wildflowers," was curator of native plants at the U.S. National Arboretum and currently operates his own landscape design firm. He lives in Free Union, Virginia.

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