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Dripping with red berries, festooned with hanging ropes of white flowers or pink petals, and bedecked with shiny patterned leaves: all year long, evergreens, shrubs, and climbers make a garden seem alive.
Their plentiful foliage makes them superb for hedging and screening a yard or home, while their graceful structure enhances any landscape design. Even better, most are extremely low-maintenance.
A renowned botanist, horticulturist, and photographer shows you how to grow and take maximum advantage of broad-leaved evergreens, and introduces a range of plants listed by foliage, flower color, season of flowering, and other helpful categories.
An extensive directory gives details on a wide selection of these hardy trees, with more than 130 of the author's striking photographs.
A rather unappealing title for a book containing a mine of information on what should be regarded by every gardener as the backbone of any garden. As implied by the title, "Broad-Leaved Evergreens", conifers are excluded and the work focuses on trees, shrubs and climbers which in all but the most severe winter will remain green all year round and are which hardy in the United Kingdom. A garden with no evergreens lacks form and substance, most especially during the bare winter months and many are even generous enough to provide flowers in that period. Their uses are endless: hedging, shrubberies, backdrops and screening or as free-standing specimens. From the towering eucalyptus to the diminutive box these valuable plants come in all shapes and sizes, plain-leaved or variegated, with or without showy flowers. The pH spectrum is well-covered too so no matter what the soil type, there are broad-leaved evergreens to suit every garden situation. They are global in their diversity: bamboos from China and the footsteps of the Himalayas, cistus and rosemary from the Mediterranean, magnolias from Asia and mutisias from South America. From mainly foliar interest such as rhamnus and pittosporums to floriferous evergreens such as camellias and rhododendrons; from the erect quercus to the scrambling clematis, the choice is vast. Stephen G. Haw, a garden writer of several decades and specialist in Chinese flora in particular, gives an attractive overview of this group of plants giving knowledgeable cultivation advice together with a detailed look at the various species and varieties of each genus. Accompanied by his photographs the book is an invaluable reference for all gardeners.
Number Of Pages: 183
Published: 1st January 2000
Dimensions (cm): 27.305 x 20.955 x 1.321
Weight (kg): 0.850