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Hostas (The New Plant Library) Hardcover – March 1, 1998

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Hailing from the Far East, hostas have become almost a cult plant here in the UK and in the USA with breeders striving to create new varieties every year. Originally classified as members of the Liliaceae family, they now have their own family - Hostaceae - although this can cause a few heated discussions! Lush foliage combined with dainty, often scented, flowers in shades of white through mauve, they give an almost tropical feel to a garden. Gently unfurling their luxuriant growth in Spring they soon fill their allotted space with a neat mound of leaves. Plain leaved or variegated, bowl-shaped, lance-shaped, glaucous, golden and blue, their diversity provides an endless source of fascination for the collector. Relatively free from disease they are infamous for their appeal to molluscs. Many a gardener has despaired at this attractiveness to slugs and snails and given up their cultivation. But some well-timed treatment at the start of the season should ensure a healthy plant whilst good garden practice will ensure such pests are kept in abeyance through the rest of the growing season. In borders or containers, in sun or shade, hostas are a valuable addition to the garden, filling out space under shrubs and trees without complaint. Diana Grenfell, President and co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, brings her unrivalled knowledge to this study, sharing her in-depth, expertise with these fascinating plants and giving detailed botanical facts, cultivation details, propagation, pest and disease advice and ideas on their uses in the garden. Part of the RHS Wisley handbook series, this is a comprehensive and concise look at the genus Hostaceae, fully illustrated and clearly written. Aimed at both the amateur and professional grower, this is an invaluable addition to any serious horticulturalists bookshelf. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hostas, grown mainly for their beautiful foliage, are shade-loving perennials & good companions to daylilies & other flowering plants. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The New Plant Library
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Anness (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859673880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859673881
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very helpful and informational. As a new Hosta gardener, I highly recommend this book. This is a great book to start with, providing you with A-Z Hosta listings and colorful pictures.
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Format: Hardcover
A real bargain for the price. This book was wonderfully layed out with gorgeous colored photographs throughout. The information given within was quite easy to follow. A great reference book for the hosta gardener.
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Clear and decisive. Love the pictures. So glad you showed how to propagate. I have been doing it right, then. Haha
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By strainka on November 18, 2015
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wonderful book and at a great price!
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