From Library Journal
Here are two beautifully illustrated new titles devoted to bulbs. Canadian gardening columnist Gingras covers bulbs that flower from spring to autumn as well as houseplants grown from bulbs for winter. Very brief introductory material explains the botany of bulbs, methods for making them grow, and U.S. and Canadian hardiness zones. The rest of the book is an encyclopedia giving details on how to grow specific plants. Arranged by season, then by scientific name, each entry includes a general description of the genus along with interesting historical facts, native habitat, and general culture. Each genus entry is followed by a selection of species and a discussion covering origin, description, flowering period, cultivation techniques, and hardiness zones. Though Taylor's Guide to Bulbs (Houghton, 2001) offers more general information, Gingras's book is still recommended for its extensive plant encyclopedia. Summer-Blooming Bulbs covers well-known bulbs (including corms, rhizomes, and tubers) like caladiums, cannas, and dahlias, as well as lesser-known summer bulbs like the crinum lily and summer hyacinth. Introductory chapters consider general care, propagation, designing with bulbs, growing in containers, and pests and diseases. Also included is a helpful list of summer-blooming bulbs that naturalize well, arranged by region of the country. The heart of the book is a useful and thorough encyclopedia of summer-blooming bulbs. Arranged alphabetically by scientific name, the entries in this encyclopedia each include a description, native habitat, how to grow, hardiness zones, cultivars and related species, and suggestions for companion plants in the garden. Recommended for all libraries. Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
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