The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom: 576 annuals, perennials, and bulbs in full color (Potting-Bench Reference Books)
Title: The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom: 576 annuals, perennials, and bulbs in full color (Potting-Bench Reference Books)
Author: Eileen Powell
GARDEN FLOWERS POW
A horticulturist offers gardening advice stemming from frustrations over buying seeds without useful growing instructions. A color plant gallery, planning charts by species, zone maps, and a common-to-botanic name chart follow entries on 576 annuals and perennials from abelmoshus to zinnia.
Why do gardeners start plants from seed instead of just buying a flat of seedlings from their local nursery? Necessity. Seedlings of unusual or exotic plants simply aren’t available at garden stores, but they are available in seed. Then there’s the cost factor. A few packets of seeds are much cheaper than dozens upon dozens of seedlings. And finally there’s the plants’ health to consider. Plants grown from seed get a healthy start that can almost guarantee you a magnificent display in your garden. The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom will teach you everything you need to know to germinate and grow more than 500 types of flowering plants. For every plant listed you’ll find precise information on whether it will do well in your part of the country; how to sow seeds indoors and outdoors; when to transplant indoor seedlings out in the garden; what light, soil, and spacing requirements are necessary; general plant care; when you can expect the plants to flower; how to encourage more blooms; and how to propagate your plants by cutting, division, layering, or detaching runners.
The book also features more than 500 full-color flower photographs. A quick-reference chart outlines bloom time, color, height, and site requirements for more than 1,000 species, making this book an indispensable reference for planning and planting fabulous gardens.