How to choose the best from over 1,300 annuals and perennials.
The choice of annuals and perennials at any nursery is overwhelming, to say the least. Annuals and Perennials contains all the information needed to make the right choice from the enormous number of plants available. With its compact and easy-to-use format, the book is perfect to take along to the nursery.
Using the comprehensive plant-selection tables, gardeners can see at a glance the most important characteristics of more than 1,300 annuals and perennials, helping them make the best choice for their garden's appearance and cultivation requirements.
The first part of Annuals and Perennials is the plant tables, which are organized by species name and list the plant's characteristics. These are:
Having chosen a plant from the table, the gardener then turns to the book's second part, which describes the more than 1,300 species, cultivars and hybrids in greater detail. This includes growing zones and common names, as well as the plants' origins, color variations, growth habit (whether, for example, the plant spreads rapidly), propagation techniques, recommended uses, problem parasites or diseases, and extra cultivation notes. Color photographs illustrate a select number of plants.
Perennials and annuals play an important role in the garden. They can provide season-long, even yearlong, greenery and blooms. With Annuals and Perennials, any gardener will be able to choose the right plant for the right place--and that is the key to a beautiful and successful garden.
Tony Rodd is a former Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a freelance consultant for the last 25 years, specializing in plant identification, as well as writing about plants, photographing them, and acting as editorial consultant for reference books.
Geoff Bryant is a New Zealand-based horticultural writer and photographer and was a plant propagator and nurseryman for some 10 years. He has written 11 books, including several widely sold plant propagation handbooks, as well as numerous magazine articles illustrated with his own photographs.