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Gardening with Conifers

ISBN-10: 1552096335
ISBN-13: 9781552096338
Edition: 2002
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Description: A complete and highly acclaimed reference. "Magnificently highlighted by more than 250 striking color photographs." -Booklist "I strongly recommend Adrian and Richard Bloom's book to anyone looking for a useful guide to planting and using  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 1/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

A complete and highly acclaimed reference. "Magnificently highlighted by more than 250 striking color photographs." -Booklist "I strongly recommend Adrian and Richard Bloom's book to anyone looking for a useful guide to planting and using conifers in their garden." -American Gardener This is the complete guide to coniferous trees and shrubs that are available to the North American gardener. Stunning color photographs show conifers used in a variety of environments, from small gardens to magnificent estates. Gardening with Conifers reveals the unexpected magic that conifers can bring to every garden and the many roles they can play in creating structure and balance for year-round visual interest and color. Comprehensive in scope and lavishly illustrated, the book includes a directory of more than 600 conifers and offers expert advice on: Size and growth rates Site and soil preferences Planting, maintenance and propagation Pruning, pests and diseases Dwarf conifers and ground covers Conifers in containers, and more. Gardeners everywhere will find this to be a valuable and inspiring reference.

Adrian Bloom is a nurseryman, gardener and writer, and president of the famous Blooms of Bressingham nursery in Norfolk, England. Adrian's father founded the Blooms nursery in 1926. The father and son are internationally known for the unique varieties of perennials that they personally introduced to many American gardeners. Adrian also shares with his father the distinction of holding the Royal Horticultural Society's coveted Victoria Medal of Honour. The Blooms are the only father and son ever to be honored this way at the same time. Adrian was also one of the youngest horticulturists ever to be awarded the medal. For 30 years Adrian has developed the superb "Foggy Bottom" garden, adjacent to Bressingham Gardens, which exemplifies the art of successful plant associations. The six-acre garden demonstrates the heart of his philosophy, planning and planting for continual change in the garden. This change ensures enduring interest throughout the year, whatever the size of the garden. "Foggy Bottom" is known for its display of year-round color and for having one of the largest collections of conifers in the United Kingdom. Bloom specialized in conifers early in his career, and uses his expertise to creatively combine conifers with companion plants. Adrian travels all over the world developing the Blooms of Bressingham business and finding and researching suitable new garden plants. He appears on television frequently, and has written several gardening books, including Blooms of Bressingham Garden Plants. He continues to educate the gardening public about plants and their uses in even the smallest gardens.

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The Magic of Conifers
Conifers as garden plants
The origins of garden conifers
How conifers grow
The naming of conifers
A Close Look at Conifers
Flowers and cones
Foliage
Buds and shoots
The unusual
Bark
Form
Growth rates
Using Conifers in the Garden
Soil conditions
Sun, shade and color
Windbreaks and shelter
Structure
Hedges
Using conifers with other plants
Conifers on their own
Conifers through the seasons
Conifers for the smallest garden
Growing conifers in pots and containers
Japanese gardens and bonsai
Conifers as ground covers
Conifers for topiary, living sculptures and unusual features
Some of the Best Conifers
Directory of more than 600 conifers for the garden
Caring for Conifers
Planting containers
Moving containers
Pruning
Propagation
General maintenance
Pests and diseases
Gardens and specialist suppliers
Further reading
Index
Credits and acknowledgements

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