A one-stop reference for all amateur and intermediate gardeners, this is the definitive book on cultivating flowering shrubs. Part of the best-selling Collins Practical Gardener series, books that tell you everything you need to know to start a flourishing garden.
Continuting in the high-quality tradition for which the Practical Gardener series has become known, Flowering Shrubs covers all small-growing, commonly available shrubs known for their decorative qualities.
The bulk of the book is a comprehensive directory of the most common flowering shrubs available for growing. Entries include:- Background information on general characteristics, planting and care- A visual chart listing the most popular varieties and cultivars, with instantly-accessable information on flower colour, height, spread, hardiness, moisture and sunlight requirements- Seasonal guides indicating when the plant is in flower and fruit- A table of plant care with concise advice on soil, site, general care, pruning and plant problems- Expert tip boxes for the best results- Special sections on heathers and conifers, with an introduction to architectural plants
The book opens with a practical guide to essential gardening techniques that covers:- Assessing your plot for soil quality, drainage, sun and shade- Where to buy your plant and how to tell if it's healthy- Planting with rootballs, exposed roots and shrubs in containers- Creative ideas for planting combinations- Caring for shrubs throughout the year- When and how to prune- Increasing your stock with propagation techniques
The book closes with a section on plant problems that includes:- A trouble-shooting flow chart to help identify the problem- An exhaustive directory of pests and diseases
Overall, this is the most accessible, stylish and useful guide on how to cultivate your flowering shrubs.