Pelargoniums: A Gardener's Guide to the Species and Their Cultivars and Hybrids
Well over 200 pelargonium species are covered in this book, with an incredible diversity of habit, shape, size and colour. They may be grown for their foliage, their flowers or even the architectural beauty of their shape. The species described here include all those likely to be found in gardens or specialist collections, and many more. There are not only descriptions, accompanied by well over 100 silhouettes, but detailed information also on methods of cultivation and propagation, as well as solutions to possible problems. The book deals with cultivated plants, but it will also assist in identification of species found in their native habitats. The history of the genus is explained, from the introduction of the first species into the gardens of Europe in the seventeenth century and then into America, to their use in the production of the zonal and regal pelargonium cultivars, familiar to many enthusiasts. Written on the basis of personal experience of growing and handling the plants, Pelargoniums shows that blend of practicality and sound background knowledge that will make it an essential addition to every gardener's bookshelf.
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Foreword by Martyn Rix
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