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Dwarf Campanulas: And Associated Genera Hardcover – Illustrated, October 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; 1ST edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last we have a book ... which brings things up to date. -- John Good Alpine Gardener 20070301 Graham Nicholls, a renowned U.K. nurseryman, excels in providing comprehensive cultivation and propagation information. -- Ann Bartlett Saximontana 20070401 Equally at home on coffee table and potting bench, this book brings Cook's masterpiece up-to-date. ... This book combines a colourful work of reference and identification with a practical growers' guide. -- Sue Wooster Plantsman 20070801

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Graham Nicholls describes more than 200 dwarf campanulas and more than 100 related plants, discussing their natural habitats and offering cultivation and propagation advice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Franceschi on May 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those wondering which book(s) to buy to learn about Campanulas, there are essentially three choices: Lewis & Lynch, Crook, and Nicholls. If your interest is garden Camps, the English cottage kind, L & L is the one for you. It has full-page color photos, cultivation and propagation info, and details cultivars of popular species.
But the majority of Camps are small alpine plants, and I divide the rock gardeners interested in them into three categories: casual, serious, and fanatic (let's say "enthusiast", instead), the category in which I include myself.
For the casual Camper, I recommend Nicholls. Lots of color photos, lots of species, lots of info, up to date. Not perfect. He describes a species as coming from limestone crevices and growing well in tufa, and in cultivation "requires a gritty lime-free soil". Maybe,seems unlikely. Many instances of species A described as being related to sp. B, sp. B's text says it's related to C, with no mention of A, sp. C says it's related to A "and others" plural, with no mention of B and one wonders what the "others" are. Many instances of species descriptions omitting pH preference or other details of cultivation requirements. However,the text is conversational, not technically laid out, so it's understandable that not all details would be included in each description. And I've reread the book many times and used it for cross-referencing, so I'd notice these things where others might not. But if you're trying to get species' relationships straight in your head, or, on a practical level, if the pH preference isn't specified for a species you have and you'd like to look up related species to see what _they_ like, it can be frustrating. But the casual Camper won't notice, or care.
For the serious Camper, I recommend Nicholls and Crook.
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campanulas are one of my favorite rock garden plants and this book covers many lovely species. The photos are excellent and the details in the text quite good. Just the right level of technical detail for what I wanted.
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