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Saxifrages: The Definitive Guide to 2000 Species, Hybrids & Cultivars Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928808
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“. . . this valuable book will appeal to many gardeners. Academic and special libraries with serious interest in botany and horticulture will need to add this important work to their collections. Also recommended for public libraries with significant horticultural collections.” (Library Journal)

"In this single volume, the gardener has everything he/she might need to begin a lifelong adventure of growing and seeking these beautiful plants." (Choice)

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An enthusiast's tale of saxifrages in the wild and in garden cultivation.

The exquisite symmetry of the star-shaped blooms of saxifrages has captivated gardeners for centuries. Close observation of their fine markings, artful color combinations, and graceful presence makes it eminently clear why they attract such an enthusiastic following. Many saxifrages come from mountain habitats that make them well-suited to rock gardens, troughs, and containers, but the diverse genus includes a huge range of garden-worthy plants that deserve to be better known and more widely grown.

This book brings together accounts of garden and wild saxifrages, their botany, history, cultivation and propagation. All sections of genus Saxifraga are described, first discursively for the general gardener and then from a botanical viewpoint. Malcolm McGregor's advice on using saxifrages in different parts of the garden and his list of the top 100 saxifrages will be invaluable to gardeners new to the genus and to experts who wish to diversify. This is the fascinating story of a true enthusiast's search for saxifrages in the wild, his techniques for successful cultivation, and his continuing quest for information. It will increase understanding of this plant, inspire everyone to grow more saxifrages in their gardens, and satisfy specialists and enthusiasts for decades to come.

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By Jan Fouquaert on December 2, 2013
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Fantastic book and not only for the Saxifraga enthusiast. If you're not a Saxifraga enthusiast, you will surely become one, once you have read the book ...
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The genus Saxifraga represents one of the largest genera of hardy plants that are found at high elevations in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Although there have been several short books dedicated to saxifrages in the distant past, none could hold a candle to Malcolm McGregor's masterpiece: a vast, erudite and definitive study of this amazingly protean group of plants. Malcolm has sought many of these out in the wild, and has many a good story to relate in what might otherwise remain a reference book: it actually reads quite well, and I have found myself turning the pages rather like a novel! But encyclopaedic it is (and likely to remain the standard reference for a long time). I particularly enjoyed gettingt the current scoop on such obscure and strange plants as the almost mythical Saxifraga florulenta of the Maritime Alps, an endangered species that really should not be attempted in gardens, it is so incredibly challenging. The photography throughout is sumptuous: I honestly couldn't find a thing to fault this book! I have a hunch the price will rise with time, so I would buy a copy soon if you don't already have one!
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