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The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom: 576 annuals, perennials, and bulbs in full color (Potting-Bench Reference Books) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: Potting-Bench Reference Books
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Powell's book is a guide to growing 542 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Each entry has information on the plant's botanic name, common name, description (appearance, size, color, and best use in the garden), zones in which the genus can be grown, flowering season, sowing, germination, transplanting, care, propagation, and the best combination of flowers. The guide also contains a photo gallery of all the plants and a planning chart for selecting 1,487 species by height, color, and bloom time. George Cohen
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“This book is a flower lover’s guide to growing 542 of the most popular annuals, perennials and bulbs.” – Flowers & Herbs

 

“Powell's book is a guide to growing 542 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Each entry has information on the plant's botanic name, common name, description (appearance, size, color, and best use in the garden), zones in which the genus can be grown, flowering season, sowing, germination, transplanting, care, propagation, and the best combination of flowers. The guide also contains a photo gallery of all the plants and a planning chart for selecting 1,487 species by height, color, and bloom time.”

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Eileen Powell's book is my gardening bible.
"quill1000"
Most helpful with information on germination and were the seeds will grow best.
Charlotte Ewer
This book has absolutely everything you need to plan and grow successfully.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "quill1000" on April 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Eileen Powell's book is my gardening bible. It's extremely comprehensive in covering all aspects from growing the over 500 different plants from seed. Not a "seed grower"? ... no problem - the detail on care, growing conditions, water, soil, pests, etc. is why this book is my number one garden library resource. I highly recommend it - and it won't ever go out of date!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2004
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Eileen Powell's The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom provides detailed information on germination, growing and care in a format that is easy to read. She also provides the growing zone in large print, so you can quickly skip the plants that will not grow in your area. The information useful for planning a garden is in a separate section from the care of each plant. This allows the planning information to be organized into tables that allow the reader to easily choose plants for time of bloom, height, color, light and soil requirements. She also lists the hardiness and heat zones in the planning tables.
I only wish I could find a similar book for unusual vegetables and herbs.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Madison Pleasant on August 9, 2004
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When a friend recently asked me to suggest a book that would tell her the soil preferences of different flowers, I knew exactly what she needed. The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom has all the answers. In addition to concise profiles of 500 bloomers, there's a handy gallery of color photographs and my favorite section, a 50-page chart that lists major and minor species along with their bloom times, colors, and cultural requirements. This book is designed to be useful, and it is!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LEB on April 6, 2006
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This book is exactly what I was looking for-- a no-nonsense, complete description of how to start each of the many kinds of seeds that I can never resist buy, collecting, or trading for.

One thing that people should note, though: the plants are listed in alphabetical order by their Latin names. There is an appendix that has the common names and what the Latin name is for each, but I can't imagine doing that for every single plant-- what a pain! I like to know both Latin and common names, so I was fine with this system. But for someone who's only familiar with the common names of plants, this book is going to be a lot harder to use. (On the bright side, learning the Latin names can be a lot of fun, so if you're at all open to the idea, go for it!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2004
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Compiled and organized by gardening expert Eileen Powell, The Gardener's A-Z Guide To Growing Flowers From Seed To Bloom is a 528-page encyclopedia-style guide to gardening 600 genera of plants, and features a full-color picture gallery, quick reference information of requirements and characteristics unique to each species, specific information on climate tolerance and requirements, and a great deal much more. The Gardener's A-Z Guide To Growing Flowers From Seed To Bloom is a truly superb reference for gardeners of all skill and experience levels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.H. on February 1, 2009
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This is an excellent resource! Over 500 pages of information, nearly everything I have looked up, including unusual and hard-to-find perennials and annuals, has been in this book. All plants are listed by their latin name, and Powell has included an easy index at the back of the book to look up the latin names under the common names. It's a really handy volume- each listing includes: brief description w/ page reference for a photograph included near the back of the book; the type of plant (hardy perennial, etc.), zones, flowering season; directions for sowing both indoors and outdoors, germinating time and requirements; transplanting information; care; combination ideas; warnings if the plant is toxic; and my favorite - how to propagate (i.e. by division, cutting, seed collecting, etc.). Also, any "tricks" for germination (like needing to soak seeds ahead of time), are also in the description. For anyone growing from seed, this is an excellent resource - much handier and more complete than many out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Flynn on November 19, 2007
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I have a library of gardening books and this is the book I reach for every time I need info on a plant. It has all the info you need from starting from seed to maintaining your plants. When I wear my copy out, I'll buy another. It is also THE gift to give to new gardeners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Ewer on February 25, 2007
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This book is an excellent reference book describing seeds.

Giving the botanical name and common name. Most helpful with information on germination and were the seeds will grow best. And the the section that has thumbnail pictures

is excellent. The ease of using the paperback is all so great.
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