Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants: Annuals, Bulbs, Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs, Trees, Vegetables, Fruits & Nuts

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Firefly Books, 2007 - Gardening - 224 pages
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An essential new resource for gardeners.

"In my experience of growing and writing about plants for 45 years, the first question people intemperate climates ask about an unfamiliar plant is whether it is hardy."
-from the Introduction

What is a hardy plant? What is a hardiness zone? What conditions affect hardiness? Gardening expert Derek Fell answers these and other questions of gardeners living in a temperate climate. He challenges strict adherence to the zone system and encourages readers to explore their garden's microclimates. Doing so can add two or three zones to a plant hardiness rating.

Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants is a comprehensive reference organized by plant type. Its easy-to-use directory format provides quick retrieval of specific data on over 700 recommended plants. Along with full color photographs of favorite annuals, bulbs, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, fruits and nuts, the author includes:

  • Botanical and common names
  • Zone ratings
  • Height, width and growth habits
  • Flower, fruit, vegetable and nut production
  • Suggested uses
  • Soil, water and sunlight requirements
  • Planting tips and combinations
  • Preferred species and hybrids.

Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants provides a combination of observations, expertise and master photographs. This new book is a resource that gardeners will use again and again for its thoroughness, accessibility and reliability.

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Contents

Bulbs
28
Perennials
62
Trees 172
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About the author (2007)

Derek Fell is an award-winning garden designer and photographer and the author of more than a hundred gardening books and calendars, including Encyclopedia of Garden Design and Structure. His articles are published worldwide. Derek Fell lives in Pennsylvania at historic Cedaridge Farm, for which he has won several awards for design excellence.

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