A comprehensive guide to growing shrubs and climbers successfully in the garden, to provide structure and form in beds and borders, as specimen plants and focal points, in containers or under glass
Highlights the best shrubs and climbers for every season, showing how to create a range of colour schemes and effects, from colourful blooms in spring and summer, to spectacular autumn foliage and decorative winter berries
Expert step-by-step photographic guidance on choosing, caring for and maintaining shrubs and climbers throughout the year
Useful listings throughout identify the ideal plants for special requirements, such as for flowering arches or for year-round ground-cover, and plants that are suitable for particular soil and climate conditions
A helpful calendar of care explains what to do when to keep shrubs and climbers looking their best
Contains over 600 specially commissioned colour photographs
Shrubs and climbers play a vital part in any garden, forming the backbone of the planting and providing seasonal colour and structure throughout the year. This expertly written and lavishly illustrated book shows how to select the best shrubs and climbers for all types of garden, with inspirational ideas for a range of decorative effects. Planting suggestions make the most of the varied flowers, stems, foliage and fruit of a wealth of different shrubs and climbers in order to create spectacular colour displays.
The book looks in detail at how shrubs and climbers can be used in different ways in the garden, whether this is as specimen plants and focal points or in mixed and shrub borders in association with other plants. The versatility of shrubs and climbers is celebrated, with practical guidance on using them in containers, as hedging and screening plants, alongside paths and entrances, and as ground-cover. There are also helpful suggestions on using climbers to clothe walls and fences and add height to borders.
Useful how-to sections explore the practicalities of growing shrubs and climbers. There is clear advice, illustrated with step-by-step techniques, on selecting the right plant, planting, and providing support for climbers on vertical surfaces such as walls and fences or on free-standing arches, pergolas and arbours. There is also easy-to-follow photographic guidance on weeding, mulching, watering, feeding and winter care, as well as basic pruning, propagation and dealing with pests, diseases and other problems.
Invaluable plant directories for both shrubs and climbers, arranged alphabetically, are also included, giving horticultural information on reliable species and cultivars, their growing requirements, season of interest, height and spread, and hardiness.
This authoritative illustrated reference, with over 600 colour photographs, is the most comprehensive sourcebook available and a classic reference for all gardeners.
Jonathan Edwards is an experienced garden writer and editor. He began his career as a garden journalist, working as a feature editor for Amateur Gardening magazine before becoming deputy editor of Gardening Which? magazine. He now works on gardening books full time. Jonathan has a particular interest in making gardening accessible for all, and has been involved in setting up and writing for the Crocus.co.uk website. Jonathan's other published works include: Greenhouse Gardening (The Crowood Press); The First-Time Gardener (Carroll & Brown); and The Illustrated Handbook of Garden Techniques (Southwater).
Peter Anderson is a highly respected photographer, specialising in gardens, landscapes and people. His work has appeared in a number of books including Timpson's Timepaths and The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening, and in several gardening and home interest magazines, among them Gardeners' World and Homes and Gardens.
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