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Bulbs of North America Hardcover – September, 2001

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A tendency to naturalize is one of many outstanding attributes of bulbous plants. Whether tucked beneath shrubs, integrated into mixed borders, or planted in a swath of lawn, flowering bulbs can reward gardeners with showy displays throughout the seasons. Focusing on North American natives, this timely resource backed by the North American Rock Garden Society brings together a fine gathering of writers whose expertise conveys a stimulating breadth of knowledge. With an eye toward (but not exclusive to) low-water situations and rock gardens, the book offers a comprehensive look at newly discovered plants as well as familiar types of alliums and lilies found across the country. An elegant charmer, the trout lily and other erythroniums with nodding blooms and spotted or mottled leaves number among the bevy of desirable selections for gardens. Wise gardeners will do well to heed the informed descriptions and cultivation advice contained here, making note of a plant's natural habitat before envisioning where it might grow at home. Alice Joyce
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This is a book that will fill a large gap on the American gardener's reference shelf. -- John E. Bryan, The American Gardener, Jan/Feb 2002

This is a treasure-trove of information on these superb plants. -- Patricia A. Taylor, Trenton Times

This is the first comprehensive work on North American bulbs, with special attention given to species identification. -- Hort Ideas, November 2001

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088192511X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881925111
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The North American Rock Garden Society is an organization of amateur botanists and gardeners drawn from around the world who are devoted to all aspects of the plant species grown in rock gardens. This unique horticultural society commissioned Jane McGary to compile a wealth of contributions from expert contributors to present a comprehensive reference on North American bulbous plants that would be suited to the geographical ranges, soil varieties, and moisture regimes found throughout North America. In addition to descriptive information identifying the various species, practical information is provided for growing these plants from seed, as well as tips for viewing them in the wild. Superbly enhanced with more than one hundred full color photographs, Bulbs Of North America is a core addition to any personal, professional, academic, or community library horticultural and gardening reference collection.
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