Introductory chapters deal with the plant's long history, natural distribution, and cultivation (planting, feeding, mulching, pruning, pests and diseases, and propagation). The bulk of the text is a descriptive list of 60 cultivars, offering information on each plant's height, flowering time, and flower and leaf, all in meticulous detail. Each listing has a color photograph and an illustration of leaves and sepals. Concluding is a glossary and a list of public gardens worldwide that feature hydrangeas. George Cohen
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First-rate ... definitive and irresistible tribute to one of America's favorite shrubs. Publishers Weekly 20040531 Valuable. -- Verlyn Klinkenborg New York Times 20040606 The photographs in superb color of species and cultivars are well-taken, and make it easier to understand the difference, often subtle, of the multitude of cultivars available. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20050309 The book is full of great photographs and discusses propagation, hydrangeas as potted plants, drying the flowers, and lists a full description of the cultivars and species. -- Linda Cobb Spartanburg Herald-Journal 20050315