Bulbs for Warm Climates

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University of Texas Press, Jun 15, 2001 - Gardening - 276 pages
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Bulb gardening in the southwestern and southern United States presents challenges unknown in cooler climates. Bulbs that turn Holland into a kaleidoscope of color droop and fade in our mild winters, hot summers, and uncertain rainfall. Yet hundreds of native and naturalized species of bulbs thrive in these same conditions and offer as many colors, shapes, and fragrances as even the most demanding gardener desires. These are the bulbs that Thad Howard describes in this comprehensive guide to bulbs that will grow in USDA gardening zones 8 and 9.

Writing from more than forty-five years' experience in collecting and cultivating bulbs, Howard offers expert advice about hundreds of little-known, hybrid, and common species and varieties that grow well in warm climates. His species accounts, which are grouped by family, describe each plant and its growing requirements and often include interesting stories from his collecting expeditions. Lovely color photos illustrate many of the species.

Howard also gives reliable information about refrigerating bulbs, using them in the landscape and in containers, choosing scented ones, making potpourri, buying, collecting, cultivating, and hybridizing bulbs, and dealing with pests and diseases. He concludes with lists of plant societies and suppliers and a helpful glossary and bibliography.

 

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Contents

III
9
IV
14
V
45
VI
47
VII
148
VIII
149
IX
155
X
156
XVI
196
XVII
204
XVIII
205
XIX
207
XX
210
XXI
211
XXII
226
XXIII
227

XI
158
XII
160
XIII
161
XIV
170
XV
171
XXIV
237
XXV
243
XXVI
249
XXVII
253
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About the author (2001)

Winner of the International Bulb Society’s Herbert Medal, Thad M. Howard, who lives near San Antonio, has discovered more than thirty-five new species of bulbs in Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, and Argentina. He is also the author of many professional papers on bulbs.

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