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Waterlilies, lotus, submerged, floating and marginal water plants all get their due in this lavishly illustrated encyclopedia by Water Gardening Magazine founders Greg and Sue Speichert. Each category of plant is discussed in its own chapter, with information about its proper soil, planting and climate requirements. Much of the book is given over to descriptions of various species, and home gardeners should especially appreciate the book’s useful appendixes, which list plants for special places, such as table-top ponds, as well as by their colors. 707 color photos.
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Most books on water gardening devote too little space to plants, and yet, the plants one chooses will be critical to the success or failure of any given situation. The Speicherts have spent years working on this comprehensive resource, offering gardeners beautifully written entries that take in all the characteristics and cultivation requirements of hundreds of plants. A vast range of plant possibilities is included, from marginal species and floating plants to many that grow with submerged roots or in bogs. So, whether a gardener is dealing with a large pond in the countryside, a boggy backyard area, or a solitary barrel converted to a water garden, this lushly illustrated compilation filled with color photographs should provide the details and guidance necessary to select appropriate specimens for any type of acquatic design. Countless cultivars are described as the authors propose the best, most attractive flora to enhance the prospect of a water garden environment. Alice Joyce
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926255
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book has been very helpful.
Ward Misenheimer
Whether you're a commercial grower or just an avid hobbyist, this is the book of all books an aquatic plants.
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It includes planting, pruning and care information for the most common varieties.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Daro on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There is not a better encyclopedia of pond plants on the market. The Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants is a top recommendation on our web site, [...] This book has a complete run down of the most common, and some uncommon pond plants, all categorized by plant type. It includes planting, pruning and care information for the most common varieties. If you are looking for plant ideas for your pond, or are trying to indentify a mystery plant, this is the book for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Full-color photographs vividly illustrate Encyclopedia Of Water Garden Plants, a no-nonsense reference and identification guide to identifying and cultivating a vast array of flora available to water gardeners of all skill and experience levels. Carefully researched and written over the course of seven years by founding members of the American Water Gardening Society, Encyclopedia Of Water Garden Plants is an all-encompassing reference and resource and a horticultural pleasure simply to browse as well as a thorough, hands-on useful resource.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Boydstun on July 27, 2007
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I have had a pond for 30+ years. This is one of the best and most detailed resouces that I have come across. It is one of the few that details the type of waterlily corms that each variety has. This is extremely helpful in identifying plants that have spread naturally and are not blooming. Great photographs. Uses both common names and scientific names.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bluffheights90814 on May 12, 2007
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I am having a pond build and needed a comprehensive book of aquatic and bog plants that are suitable for Koi ponds. Everything is there at your fingertips. The color plates are wonderful as well as the descriptions. The only downside, it that I wished the authors would have a listing of the fragrant hardy and tropical waterlilies. Other than that, this book is a beauty!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marian R. Van Til on August 2, 2012
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I've got shelves full of gardening books but was looking for just one book to fill in the major gaps in my knowledge of water-garden plants. This is the one I chose and it was a very good choice. The many, many photographs are beautiful and helpful: word descriptions alone don't necessarily allow a reader to recognize specific plants; and I was looking, first of all, to identify the plants I've got in my small backyard pond. In addition, this book offers valuable information on how to introduce and tend the dozens (or rather, hundreds) of plants identified in this encyclopedia. Surprisingly, it turned out not to include a few of the plants I was looking to identify. It does present numerous plants that aren't strictly in-water plants but that grow near water or in marshy, wetter-than-usual soil. Those are good inclusions for anybody looking for plants to use around a pond or water feature. If you have a water garden this is a very good tangible, in-your-hand resource as an anchor to information you might find on the Internet. The encyclopedia works equally well for quick consultation and paging through and enjoying in a leisurely manner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Gerhold on July 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. There is suberb information on water gardening in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina Schneider on December 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my son who is attending college to be a Landscape Architect. He was interested in learning more about water plants as we live in the south and there is a lot of time to enjoy a water garden. The book is BEAUTIFUL. It has everything you would need to know to make your water garden more user friendly. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in making a home resemble an oasis...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lane on July 8, 2007
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I love this book. I am new to the pond world and have found my passion. This book is the water gardener's bible. It is extensive in the coverage of all water plants and gives practical information on their care. It is suitable to ponds in any climate. Also, photos are lovely and are great for plant identification.
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