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Hydrangeas for American Gardens
Michael A. Dirr
0881926418
June 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hydrangea is a broad and varied genus, one "difficult to compress under a small umbrella." University of Georgia horticulture professor Dirr casts a wide net to provide comprehensive information about these versatile plants. That his passion for hydrangeas "knows no bounds" is clear from this enthusiastic combination of rigorous science, concise description and seasoned advice. The first chapter, "Characteristics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature," is the most academically oriented but brief and readable enough for the home gardener. Ten well-organized and liberally illustrated chapters follow, each devoted to a single species and its subspecies, ranging from the familiar and hugely popular H.macrophylla and H. paniculata, to relative rarities boasting flower buds that remind Dirr of "purple-brown cauliflowers" and are...


A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs: Northeastern and north-central United States and southeastern and south-central Canada
George A. Petrides (Illustrator)
039535370X
September 1973
Paperback
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Book Description
All the wild trees, shrubs, and woody vines in the area north to Newfoundland, south to North Carolina and Tennessee, and west to the Dakotas and Kansas are described in detail. Accounts of 646 species include shape and arrangement of leaves, height, color, bark texture, flowering season, and fruit. Clear, accurate drawings illustrate leaves, flowers, buds, tree silhouettes, and other characteristics.

About the Author
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the...


Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges : Secrets for Selection and Care

1580112595


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Book Description
Trees, shrubs, and hedges are the "bones," or essential framework, of any landscape design. Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges explains how to select the finest plants for specific growing conditions, as well as plants that look good together. Over 569 color photographs and 128 illustrations provide instruction and inspiration to landscape for four-season interest, color, and beauty. Descriptions of over 1,000 of the best plants are included - "best" because they are beautiful, low-maintenance, pest- and disease-resistant, and available at local nurseries and home centers. Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges provides all the necessary information to add privacy, shade, color, and texture to the landscape all year round.


Diseases of Trees and Shrubs
Wayne A. Sinclair
0801443717
November 2005
Textbook Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Three Cornell University scientists have produced a needed up-to-date pictorial reference source that comprehensively covers disease and environmental damage to trees and shrubs in the United States and Canada. With 247 pages of color plates and authoritative accompanying text, this is a handy diagnostic aid that uses specific symptoms on plant parts or entire plants to identify the disease-causing agent of an infected plant. It may be used by anyone with knowledge of general biology as well as by someone with specialized plant knowledge for diagnosing plant disease problems. Highly recommended. Dale Luchsinger, Cobb Cty. P.L., Marietta, Ga.Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Pruning Specialist: The Essential Guide to Caring for Shrubs, Trees, Climbers, Hedges, Conifers, Roses and Fruit Trees
David Squire
1843306786
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Beautifully illustrated and encyclopedic in scope, this is the only guide you’ll ever need to become a pruning expert. It includes a vast wealth of information on trimming all types of plant life, from shrubs, trees, climbers and hedges to conifers, roses and fruit-bearing vegetation. You’ll also benefit from the special sections on working with arches, tunnels and topiary.


Interactive Manual and Photo-Library of Woody Landscape Plants
Michael A. Dirr
0942375033
ROM - July 2003
DVD-ROM
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Review
Bette-Lee Fox Library Journal : A trove of information...will be of benefit to all woody plants enthusiasts.
Amy Cantu Library Journal : Michael A. Dirr's interactive DVD—based on his classic The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (1975)—is a trove of information...the film is a useful, if somber, tale of the risks involved in introducing any nonnative species to a fragile habitat. Its focus on the West Coast makes it a must-have there.
K. T. Settlemyer Choice : This program is an excellent choice for those who are comfortable with newer library technology and interested in woody plants and landscaping. It will also appeal to professionals and people interested in plant photography. The program is a desireable addition for academic and public libraries that have the equipment to use...


Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates
Michael Dirr
088192525X
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
A professor of horticulture and the author of ten books, including the well-known Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, Dirr (Univ. of Georgia) here presents an encyclopedia with more than 1400 beautiful photographs, personal observations of over 400 species, and hundreds more cultivars and varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines that grow in the temperate zones of the Southeast. Intended as a companion volume to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, this new book will be useful to landscapers, garden designers, horticulturalists, and home gardeners located in the South, as well as the West Coast through British Columbia. Dirr also includes a section on cold-hardy palms that will survive in growing zones 7-11. What sets this book apart from many other botanical encyclopedias is the author's personal...


Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Michael A. Dirr
0881924040
October 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
A first-class source on the very best garden trees and shrubs. Excellent color photos accompany the well-written plant descriptions, which point out both the positive and negative attributes of each plant, including physical features, hardiness, disease resistance, and growth preferences. A multitude of cross-referenced indexes will help readers find the right plant for each location and desired effect. (LJ 11/15/97) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post
"The ultimate in reference texts about shrubs and trees...sets what should be the standard for plant books."

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Secrets of Plant Propagation
Lewis Hill
0882663704
Jan 1985
Paperback
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Book Description
Techniques for those who want to discover the satisfaction of propagating. 103,000 copies in print.

From the Back Cover
Plant Propagation? That's starting your own flowers and vegetables, inside and out. It's raising shrubs and trees for your property, creating your own orchard -- even growing many houseplants from one. Here are just a few of the results you can expect: * Raise the best tomato plants. * Grow your own Christmas trees. * Offer the finest of gifts -- houseplants. * Avoid buying expensive shrubs; start your own. * Plant those hard-to-find flowers, perennials and annuals, at little or no cost. But is it expensive? Definitely not. You don't need a greenhouse or costly equipment. You can do a lot with a couple of fluorescent bulbs. Seeds are cheap, some are free....


Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses
Michael A. Dirr
0875637957
August 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (above), this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Taylor's Guide to Shrubs: How to Select and Grow More than 500 Ornamental and Useful Shrubs for Privacy, Ground Covers, and Specimen Plantings - Flexible Binding
Kathleen S. Fisher
0618004378
February 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Shrubs are the backbone of the garden. Chosen wisely, they will do more for your landscape than any other kind of plant. Chosen carelessly, they can be expensive mistakes. In this handy new TAYLOR'S GUIDE, you'll find the most-sought-after cultivars, offering better flowers, unusual foliage, colorful berries, improved disease tolerance, or compact size and shape for small gardens. Here you can choose the perfect shrubs - to give you privacy and screen out unattractive views - to act as a beautiful focal point or enhance a mixed border - to control erosion or create a ground cover that needs no mowing - for difficult situations such as windy seashores, droughty shade, and wet areas And for every plant in this authoritative book, you'll find detailed how-to-grow information.


Illustrated Encyclopedia of Camellias
Stirling Macoboy
0881924210
Mar 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Camellias are valued for their lovely flowers, which bloom when other flowering plants are resting, for their generally compact, formal habit, and for their evergreen leaves. Books about flowers are valued for stunning photographs, good organization and writing, and useful cultivation information, and this encyclopedia meets those requirements. Internationally recognized Australian author and gardener Macoboy presents here more than 1000 of the world's most popular camellias, with every entry illustrated by a color photograph. Entries are well placed with the photos and give the expected descriptions, which include flower form, color and size, parentage, date of registration, plant habit, and flowering season. The writing is informal and graceful. Of Arabian Nights, Macoboy says "There is little to connect this...


Hydrangeas For American Gardens
Michael A. Dirr
0942375041
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hydrangea is a broad and varied genus, one "difficult to compress under a small umbrella." University of Georgia horticulture professor Dirr casts a wide net to provide comprehensive information about these versatile plants. That his passion for hydrangeas "knows no bounds" is clear from this enthusiastic combination of rigorous science, concise description and seasoned advice. The first chapter, "Characteristics, Taxonomy and Nomenclature," is the most academically oriented but brief and readable enough for the home gardener. Ten well-organized and liberally illustrated chapters follow, each devoted to a single species and its subspecies, ranging from the familiar and hugely popular H.macrophylla and H. paniculata, to relative rarities boasting flower buds that remind Dirr of "purple-brown cauliflowers" and are...


Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs
Warren T. Johnson, Howard H. Lyon
0801426022
April 1991
Hardcover
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Shade Gardening: More Than 350 Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers That Thrive Under Difficult Conditions, Illustrated with Color Photographs and Detailed Drawings
Frances Tenenbaum (Editor)
0395651654
March 1994
Hardcover
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Review
Garden Design : "Taylor's Guides are the best, most authoritative guides on the market."

Review
"Taylor's Guides are the best, most authoritative guides on the market."

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American Azaleas
L. Clarence Towe
0881926450
Aug 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Although few plants evoke the lazy gentility of southern gardens or the lush tranquility of woodland glens the way azaleas do, for most gardeners they remain an unattainable goal, a shrub desired but seldom incorporated in landscape design. Miscast as being temperamental or confined to precise pockets of geography, azaleas are, in reality, remarkably suited for most garden settings in all but a few parts of the country. Towe, an azalea breeder and dedicated azalea aficionado, speaks from a quarter-century of observational and practical experience. Writing with a folksy good humor about the charm of collecting azaleas, Towe can be professorially fastidious when relaying information about nomenclature and hybridization. Along the way, he covers all the basics of azalea culture, from planting and pruning to selecting and...


Wonders of the Winter Landscape: Shrubs and Trees to Brighten the Cold-Weather Garden
Vincent A. Simeone
1883052459
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
A garden in winter is a sight to behold. Twisting branches once laden with leaves are now revealed in all their architectural splendor. Exfoliating bark of varied hues peels away from tree trunks like the unfurled petals of spring flowers. For those who view gardening as a fair-weather activity, Simeone eloquently extols the virtues of the garden in the fourth season of the year. Some plants are meant to shine gloriously only under the summer sun; knowing which ones like to strut their stuff when the snow flies is the trick to creating a garden of chilly delight. Aided by vibrant color photography, Simeone displays a winter wonderland of trees and shrubs, describing their seasonal attributes, discussing their landscape uses, and determining their cultural characteristics. Helpful appendixes include tips on evergreen...


The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs
Tracy Disabato-Aust, et al
0881925594
January 2, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Tracy DiSabato-Aust's Well-Designed Mixed Garden provides sound direction for plant lovers looking to free their garden from the doldrums and fashion a rich tapestry of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vines, grasses, and bulbs. Encyclopedic in scope yet unfailingly attentive to essential details, The Well-Designed Mixed Garden effectively summarizes an array of basic garden design considerations and fundamentals. There are particularly useful chapters on color theory and on drawing up a plan, with precise instructions on what size plants to purchase and how to space them. As with her highly regarded Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques, DiSabato-Aust delves eagerly into plant maintenance, a topic too many garden writers overlook. Though many examples are from the author's own garden or other...


Camellias
Jim Rolfe
0881925772
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Review
Bookwatch : All levels of gardener will welcome Jim Rolfe and Yvonne Cave's Camellias.

Book Description
This highly illustrated, practical guide surveys the important species of the genus Camellia, as well as the numerous cultivars raised around the world. Comprehensive information and suggestions are given for selecting and cultivating these popular and adaptable plants and for using them in landscaping in a wide range of climates and situations. A discussion of pests and diseases, propagating and hybridizing, along with an annotated index of species and cultivars, make this book essential reading for both experienced camellia growers and enthusiastic beginners.

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Shrub Identification Book
George Wellington Symonds
0688050409
February 1973
Paperback
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Book Description

The Visual Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Shrubs (and vines and ground covers) -- and an important supplement to existing botanical methods.

The book is in two parts: Pictorial Keys and Master Pages. The Keys are designed for easy visual comparison of details which look alike, narrowing the identification of a shrub to one of a small group -- the family or genus.

Then, in the Master Pages, the species of the shrub is determined, with similar details placed together to highlight differences within the family group, thus eliminating all other possibilities. The details of laurel blossoms on this plate are an example and are followed in the book by details of laurel fruit, leaves, and bark.

All of the 3,550 photographs were made specifically for use...



Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques
Tracy DiSabato-Aust
0881924148
April 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
To pinch or not to pinch is not the only question addressed here. Horticulturist DiSabato-Aust affirms that pinching is essential for plant robustness and an extended blooming season. In addition to explaining how and where to pinch a plant, she details correct techniques for deadheading, effectively removing the mystery from perennial pruning by referring to it "as grooming, shaping, shearing or snipping." Recognizing the diverse styles of gardens and gardeners, she demonstrates how different approaches to pruning can produce varied growth and blooming patterns. Also offered is information on site selection, soil preparation, planting and disease and pest control. Most impressive is the extensive encyclopedia of perennials which, drawing principally on her own field experience, focuses on pruning and maintenance...


Jackson & Perkins Rose Companions
Stephen Scanniello
1591861225
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

In association with Jackson & Perkins, Rose Companions is the first book devoted expressly to the exciting variety of plants that can be grown with roses in the garden. No longer must roses be considered appropriate only for the rose garden. Instead, today's roses offer an impressive array of characteristics that make them ideal plants for many landscape uses, including form, color, and fragrance. And the number of plants that make perfect partners for roses is astounding, including: Perennials Annuals Bulbs Shrubs Vines

Rose Companions will give gardeners of all levels the information they need to create a beautiful landscape, whether they already have an established garden and want to add roses and other plants to it, or if they are growing roses and want to enhance them with companion plants, or if they...



Bonsai
Werner M. Busch
1585744417
Jan 2002
Paperback
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From Booklist
Busch reveals the mysteries of creating the dramatic, often startling miniature plants that typify the art of Bonsai. He highlights more than 30 native species of deciduous trees, shrubs, and conifers and explains the necessary elements of growing and shaping them. He offers detailed pointers on Bonsai's aesthetic requirements, and numerous color photographs illustrate this art form that originated in China and evolved more fully in Japan. Written for newcomers, Busch's manual yet provides helpful counsel to experienced gardeners, too. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"Armed with this book, anyone can have a go at growing bonsai."--Organic Gardening


Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: An Ingenious New Key System for Quick, Positive Field Identification of the Wildflowers, Flowering Shrubs and Vines of N, Vol. 1
Lawrence Newcomb
0316604429
April 1989
Paperback
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Jerry Baker's Backyard Problem Solver: 2,168 Natural Solutions for Growing Great Grass, Super Shrubs, Bright Bulbs, Perfect Perennials, Amazing Annuals, Vibrant Vegetables, Terrific Trees, and Much, Much More!
Jerry Baker
0922433429
January 1, 2002
Hardcover
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The Complete Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs: Descriptions, Cultivation Requirements, Pruning, Planting
Ernie Wasson (Editor)
1592230555


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Book Description
The Complete Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs gives comprehensive descriptions to satisfy any arborist. Focusing on vegetation that is extraordinary for its adaptational ability, wild beauty, or unique evolutionary position, this is an excellent resource. The book is divided into three sections: trees and shrubs looked at in general terms; arranged in alphabetical order according to genus; and then depicted in numerous color illustrations, showing leaf and flower shapes, growth habits, and structures. Over 1400 photographs are featured.

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