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This handy pocket guide introduces local gardening enthusiasts to some of southern Africa’s most beautiful, beneficial and easy- to-care-for indigenous plants, giving guidance on how best to use them and how to ensure that they flourish.
An essential handbook for easy-care beautiful gardening.
The author, Glenice Ebedes, is the owner of Grounded Landscaping. She is a graduate of Lifestyle College and an active member of the Guild of Landscape Designers. She specializes in indigenous, wildlife-friendly gardens and her gardens regularly feature in magazines.
It's time to take control of your outdoor (or indoor) space with 50 Plants That You Can't Kill. These 50 easy-to-grow plants have been selected for their love of neglect and their ability to withstand even the most forgetful of gardeners. Whether you're looking for edibles for your windowsill, potted plants for your balcony or climbers for your garden, there's something for everyone. Handy plant profiles tell you why to grow it, where to put it and how to look after it, helping your plants to thrive without too much maintenance from you! - 50 resilient and easy-to-care-for plants - Plants in the same family and other alternatives give you even more choice - Clear and simple profiles tell you the space, light, water and soil requirements of each plant - Expert care advice in the form of dos and don'ts - Contains basic information on planting, watering, growing from seed and feeding
How did the delphinium get its name? Which parts of the body lend their names to auriculas and orchids? Who are the gentian, lobelia and heuchera named after? Why are nasturtiums and antirrhinums connected? What does an everlasting pea have to do with Indian miniature paintings? These are some of the questions answered in Peter Parker's adventurous exploration of the mysteries of Botanical Latin. Evolved over many centuries and often thought to belong to the rarefied world of scholars and scientists, this invented language is in fact a very useful tool for everyday gardening. It allows us to find our way around nurseries; it sorts out confusions when two plants have the same English name; and it gives us all kinds of information about how big or small a plant will grow, what shape or colour it will develop, and what habitat it prefers. In his lively survey, Parker agues that Botanical Latin is not merely useful, but fun. The naming of plants draws upon geography, social and medical history, folklore, mythology, language, literature, the human body, the animal kingdom and all manner of ancient beliefs and superstitions. The book, beautifully illustrated with old woodcuts, explains how and why plants have been named, includes handy lists of identifying adjectives, and takes the reader down some of the stranger byways of human endeavour and eccentricity.
Propagation – raising new plants by growing them from seeds or cuttings, or dividing existing clumps – is a passion for most gardeners. Many propagation methods are easy, need only a few pieces of equipment, and can be confidently undertaken by anyone. This book provides a wealth of easy-to-follow advice on how to successfully propagate a wide range of plants.
All kinds of garden plants – shrubs, climbers, roses, hedges and trees – need pruning to improve their shape and condition, and to encourage more flowers and fruits.
Whether you are starting a new garden, maintaining established plants or renovating a neglected garden, this essential guide to pruning will come to your assistance time and again.
Finally: a book that addresses the unique challenges of gardening in the coastal South. Master Gardener Barbara Sullivan provides an authoritative guide for gardeners from Tidewater Virginia to Florida and all along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, an area taking in USDA Zones 7b, 8, 9, and 10. Combining helpful gardening advice with an A-to-Z plant guide that describes more than 1,000 plant varieties and cultivars, Garden Perennials for the Coastal South will become an essential reference for both experienced and novice gardeners in this region. The book is organized to allow planning a year-round garden or focusing on a particular season. Sections separate subtropical plants, vines, herbs, groundcovers, ferns, heat- and drought-tolerant plants, shade plants, bulbs, ornamental grasses, and annuals, as well as address disease-resistant roses for the region. More than 200 color photographs illustrate individual plants and provide examples of beautiful landscape design. Rounding out the book's usefulness is information on the basics of landscaping, soil preparation, plant care, propagation, diseases, and pests. Whether you are new to the coastal South or a lifelong resident, you will find Garden Perennials for the Coastal South an indispensable addition to your gardening bookshelf. |The first book of its kind to deal solely with the unique challenges and opportunities for growing perennials and other plants in the coastal South, from Tidewater Virginia to Jacksonville, Fla., and across the Gulf Coast to Houston, Tex. Barbara Sullivan, a Certified Master Gardener, combines expert advice with a comprehensive A-to-Z plant guide for more than 1,000 plant varieties. Her book is organized to allow experienced or novice gardeners to plan a year-round garden or to focus on a particular season.
Written by a hard-working horticulturalist for fellow gardeners, the aim of this diary is to jog people's memories, share plant stories, demystify gardening and most importantly make the reader smile. You'll find a personal year-long diary of gardening along with favourite seasonal plants, timely reminders and entertaining tales of moving sheep, visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show and speaking at garden clubs. Tamsin's open garden is at the heart of a working farm, so her book reflects the twists and turns of the countryside. For anyone just about to embark on a life in the country, or whose town garden is never tidy and who wonders how the professionals do it, it's a must read. Pick up tips on how to keep warm whilst gardening, get rid of chilblains and grow seasonal food from someone who lives, breathes and eats country gardening.
Garden plants and flowers is a compact directory of trees, shrubs and flowering plants that are ideal for growing in South African gardens. This revised edition has been updated to include new species, varieties and hybrids that meet the requirements of our diverse climate and habitats. The concise text includes details about plant growth and size, watering, feeding and pruning, and uses in the garden. User-friendly symbols indicate each plant's key requirements, such as the amount of sun and water it requires, whether it is deciduous or evergreen, its level of drought, wind and frost tolerance, and if it attracts birds or insects, or bears flowers or fruit. A handy hint on each page provides general gardening information.
Southern Africa is home to more than 2,000 introduced (not indigenous) trees. These non-native species are encountered daily and form a familiar part of our urban landscapes, growing successfully in parks, gardens, along road sides, and in other open spaces. This guide features nearly 600 of the most common and familiar of these and, using the same model of identification as FG Trees of Southern Africa, facilitates ID based on leaf and stem features.
The book provides the country of origin for each species and offers key information on cultivation and uses. Each entry is supported by colour images that depict key features, and a shaded map that shows the plant’s cold tolerance (where the species can grow). An essential guide for landscapers and gardeners as well as tree enthusiasts who will struggle to find these trees in their guide to indigenous trees.
'The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.'
Whether you are in need of some blossoming inspiration or your fingers are the colour of freshly mown grass, this compendium is overflowing with snippets of fascinating folklore and tips for making your garden grow. Follow the garden path to horticultural heaven and learn about:
- Growing your own herbs to make therapeutic delights
- Banning bugs and slugs and attracting beneficial creatures
- Recycling old household items for gardening solutions
- Keeping bees and chickens
- Cooking up your produce, even the weeds
- Why you should always keep a leek in your attic and never kill a ladybird
Every gardener needs to know their Latin names. They may look confusing at first, but once you understand what certain key words mean, impenetrable-sounding and hard-to-pronounce species names are suddenly demystified. Many Latin names hide the secrets of where the plant is found, its colour, flowering times, leaf pattern, natural habitat and all sorts of other information that's extremely useful to the gardener: if you want a plant for a shady place, choose one with a name ending in sylvestris ('of woods'), while if your garden is dry, look out for the suffix epigeios ('of dry places'). More than just a dictionary of plant names, this fascinating book explains the meaning of hundreds of Latin plant terms, grouped into handily themed sections such as plants that are named after famous women, plants that are named after the shape of their leaves, plants that are named after their fragrance or the time of year that they flower. Within these pages you'll learn that Digitalis purpurea (the common foxglove) is purple, that the sanguineum in Geranium sanguineum means 'bloody' (its common name is the bloody cranesbill), and to steer clear of any plant whose Latin name ends in infestus.
A celebration of the exceptional and ordinary ways people engage with the world around them through plants. In gardens we find shelter, nurture and respite from the noise and rush of everyday life. To garden is a wonderful thing but you don't have to have a large plot of land or immense knowledge to reap the benefits of a little nature. The Planthunter uncovers all the ways in which people around the world find purpose, beauty, wellness and connection through the act of gardening.
The Libraries of the Royal Horticultural Society hold the world's finest collection of printed material on gardens and gardening. A selection of the best and most interesting botanical paintings of exotic plants and flowers from this collection is featured here. 100 Exotic Plants from the RHS gathers together the most striking images to create 100 different postcards to send, keep or frame. The earliest works of art date from the late 17th or early 18th century and the latest are from the middle of the 20th century. The one hundred postcards are stored in a sturdy box with a lift up lid.
With more than 5,000 entries and 350 botanical illustrations.The definitive illustrated reference guide to plant binomials for both gardeners and botanists, RHS Gardener's Botanical is an ideal companion for use in the garden or when selecting new plants. It contains more than 5,000 plant names and an easy-to-use 16-page alphabetical index of common names, with a definition and pronunciation guide for each. Includes features such as 'Genus Spotlight', which provides further details on important genera, and more than 350 beautiful botanical illustrations. An invaluable illustrated guide for gardeners and botanists.
`The only cut flower book you'll ever need!' This is the new Edition 3 of 'Cut Flowers A practical guide to their selection and care' published in September 2017 which replaces Edition 2. This bestseller is a staple book in floristry workrooms and classrooms across the UK and worldwide and is recommended by many leading floristry tutors. Constantly revised and expanded, this third edition is packed with straightforward information on how to care for and condition 156 fresh cut flowers both at the florists shop and in the home. Plus a new page on how to select fresh flowers as well as look after them in the home. Florists, floristry students, flowers arrangers, brides - indeed anyone who enjoys having flowers in the home will find this book invaluable. Filled with easy to follow care instructions, flower availability, colour range and vase life, there are also tips on simple arranging plus the flowers suitability for wedding work. Every flower has been individually photographed in full colour, making identification easy. Arranged in alphabetical order of botanical names there is also an index of common names to help you find your favourite flower - plus a mini floral miscellany of wedding anniversaries, national flowers and rose meanings. Printed in paperback in a convenient A5 size and spiral bound with a wipe clean cover, this book has been specifically designed to fit into a college bag or workbox. An indispensable flower guide you'll not want to be without.
Get to grips with pruning in your garden with this handy little guidebook from an experienced National Trust head gardener. It's packed with useful, easy-to-follow advice on pruning all the plants that need it, from individual roses to the hedge that encircles your garden, including shrubs, climbers and fruit trees along the way. The author discusses the best equipment for pruning, from simple secateurs and loppers to pruning saws and powerful chainsaws (though you'll need professional training for those). He includes an invaluable seasonal guide to pruning - find out why you should prune roses and lavender in autumn but keep your secateurs away from trees, and why spring is the best time to tackle buddleia to ensure a butterfly-filled summer. There is a useful section on the legislation around pruning, including dealing with potentially problematic plants such as leylandii, and fascinating practices such as coppicing, pollarding, pleaching and decorative topiary are also covered. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this practical guide contains all the advice you need to keep on top of your pruning and make your garden even more beautiful.
Join two of the world's most influential garden designers, Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen, as they describe their ideal perennials, bulbs, grasses, ferns and small shrubs for your natural garden. This comprehensive compendium classifies these 1200 plants according to their behaviour, strengths and uses. An ideal plant is one that is both beautiful and robust, performing reliably with very little input from the gardener - and without artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Rather than striving for big, bold masses of colourful blooms that are vigorously pruned back as soon as they have finished flowering, their innovative approach to gardening involves choosing plants chiefly for their form - leaves, flower heads and stems included - which means they retain their natural beauty through all the seasons. Find within: 1200 beautiful and reliable plants used by top garden designers Full descriptions and growing instructions Unique easy-to-follow classification according to growing behaviour and use in the garden Natural gardening, without artificial fertilizers or pesticides More than 250 full-colour photographs With these plants and expert advice, create a garden that will thrive with the life of the insects and birds it welcomes.
Essential for all gardeners, horticulturists and naturalists, this is a practical, highly-illustrated guide to dealing with disorders that affect fruit, vegetables, trees and ornamental garden plants. A revision of the highly acclaimed Collins Guide to Pests, Diseases and Disorders first published in 1981, the book now features completely updated text, the addition of several new pests and diseases that have become a threat in the last decade, and an impressive full colour plate section with over 600 photographs. The Introduction provides general information about garden hygiene and plant care and control, including an assessment of pesticides and chemicals. Special attention is given to the increasing importance of biological control in gardens. *The A-to-Z of Symptoms lists all the common garden plants, and describes likely causes of problems with leaves, shoots, flowers, fruit and buds, with cross-references to the detailed entries in the main section of the book. *Pests are arranged by groups of closely related organisms. Problems such as eelworms, slugs, snails, aphids and birds are all dealt with. *Diseases are organised on the basis of symptoms such as rusts, smuts, cankers and rots. *Disorders, like mineral deficiencies and genetic abnormalities, are grouped under the main factors causing them - mechanical, climatic, nutritional etc.
For indoor gardeners everywhere, Darryl Cheng offers a new way to grow healthy house plants. He teaches the art of understanding a plant's needs and giving it a home with the right balance of light, water, and nutrients. After reading Cheng, the indoor gardener will be far less the passive follower of rules for the care of each species and much more the confident, active grower, relying on observation and insight. And in the process, the plant owner becomes a plant lover, bonded to these beautiful living things by a simple love and appreciation of nature. The House Plant Journal Handbook covers all of the basics of growing house plants, from finding the right light, to everyday care like watering and fertilizing, to containers, to recommended species. Cheng's friendly tone, personal stories, and accessible photographs fill his book with the same generous spirit that has made @houseplantjournal, his Instagram account, a popular source of advice and inspiration for thousands of indoor gardeners.
A new edition of this best-selling, easy-to-follow guide for beginner gardeners. Let BBC Gardener's World writer Ian Spence tell you month by month what to do when in your garden, and show you exactly how to do it too. This fully illustrated book takes you systematically through the year, each chapter looking in-depth at one month at a time. A handy "To Do" list, along with "Last Chance" reminders and "Get Ahead" tips, gives you an overview of the month's tasks, followed by an inspirational gallery of "Star Plants" to showcase the visual highlights of the month. The rest of each chapter is packed with advice on plant care, how to grow your own vegetables and fruit, maintaining garden features such as lawns and ponds, what to prune when, and illustrated step-by-step projects and gardening ideas. A photographic A-Z appendix of nearly 350 plants provides detailed information on growing habit and care. This updated edition features brand-new visual galleries that showcase a gardening year at-a-glance, with inspirational ideas for achieving colour, scent, or eye-catching foliage in your garden for every month of the year. Each month has updated Weather Watch and plant care information. Packed with essential gardening advice, RHS Gardening Through the Year is the must-have book for new gardeners and a trusty reference for old hands.
Researched and written by South Africa’s foremost producer of bulbs, this comprehensive, clear and easy-to-use growing guide and reference volume shows you how to create a spectacular flowering garden anywhere in South Africa with bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes. The Bulb book: A South African gardener's guide covers everything you need to know about selecting and planting bulbs, bulb and soil care, watering and feeding tips, design in the garden, forcing and holding bulbs to extend flowering periods, protecting the plants against pests and diseases, and how to display cut flowers. An extensive A to Z listing, focusing especially on indigenous bulbs, gives specific details on bulbs suited to South African conditions, with more detailed attention given to the most successful and rewarding species and varieties. Included: Information on history and origin, size, planting requirements and techniques, further care and propagation methods; close-up illustrations and beautiful photographs of the bulbs and their flowers; advice on growing bulbs in containers, indoors and in smaller gardens; Genera and species that are little known but deserve consideration; bulbs that can be grown at home as food and flavouring. The beauty of these pages can be brought to life in your home and garden as each new season unfolds with your creations of colour.
In Pruning, Training and Tidying, Bob Flowerdew draws on his long experience as an organic gardener to guide you through the process in his customary clear and straightforward manner. He explains when is the best time of year to prune each plant, tree or shrub, and gives clear instructions on where and how to cut. He provides advice on selecting and using the best tools and equipment, and tips on how to increase cropping and flowering. Bob also gives handy and imaginative suggestions to guide you through the seemingly never-ending task of keeping your garden trim and tidy. One in an indispensable series of books, Pruning, Training and Tidying will answer all your queries and help you achieve a well-maintained and prosperous garden.
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