First outlining the history of the peony, Peonies is then split into chapters – Pure, Dramatic, Romantic and Fragrant – and includes over 50 beautiful varieties as well as detailing when they bloom, their size and, of course, what they'll look like.
From Shawnee Chief to Sarah Bernhardt, you'll discover an eclectic selection of specimens from those that have the best visual appearance to those with the most fragrant perfume. The final section, Growing and Care, outlines those varieties which are easiest to grow and which produce the best flowers for cutting.
With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the beauty of the majestic peony.$39.99
Living with Air Plants is the perfect introduction to the world of Tillandsia. These endearing plants are easy to grow and care for, once you know how. This reference and growing guide covers over 100 different Tillandsia varieties, and gives you all the information you need to select your plants and make them thrive.
In this book, you'll learn about:
- The various types of Tillandsia plants and their characteristics
- Growth cycles and preferred environments
- Air plant care and selection
- Propagating/dividing plants from cuttings
- Enjoying and displaying Tillandsia in all sorts of spaces
These stylish, low-maintenance plants pair well with succulents and terrariums – two other popular container gardening trends. If you love the idea of adding quirky greenery to your life, these are the plants to try – and this is the book to get you started!$29.99
This lifesize guide and essential reference reveals the extraordinary beauty, surprising diversity and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before.
Seeds are often overshadowed by the adult plant’s size and show. Here, 600 seeds are spotlit, each given equal attention, each shown as glorious photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving of the parent plant. Every profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species, and a diagnosis of the specimen’s importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, dispersal method, and scientific significance.
Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety and importance of seeds to an extent never seen before.$59.99$34.99
Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly 30 years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers.
Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time – and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research.
This book re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.$24.99
Gardens have always occupied a special place in Melbourne's communal heart. We are known for our vast, meandering Botanic Gardens and our generous green city spaces. We are also known for our tree-lined streets, which give tantalising glimpses of beautiful houses behind high fences.
This book takes us behind these fences and into the very heart of these oh-so-private gardens. Every garden in this book has its own atmosphere and soul – largely reflecting the passions of the person who has created or maintains it. There are vegetable gardens, clivia walks, ancient English oak trees, rose gardens, rambling exotic courtyards, city rooftop wonderlands and bold stepped garden beds.
Many of these gardeners and home owners see themselves merely as the custodians of these treasured spaces, as they generously share their gardening experiences with the reader. This is a celebration of gardens new and old, small-scale and enormous – all grand in their horticultural ambitions and inspiration.$69.99
Vertical Vegetables shows you a thing or two about growing up. Gardening vertically, that is. With practical principles and the incisive background information you'll need to start, it shows you how to build nearly two dozen growing structures, including trellises, arbours, archways, wall pockets, towers and more.
Bigger yields per square foot may be the main reason for vertical growing, but vertical gardens also offer opportunities that go beyond the purely functional – they can be beautiful, too. Among the many projects, the author has included several that are eye-wideningly stunning, especially once the garden has matured. Freestanding or wall-hung, the projects reflect a wide variety of building materials including dimensional lumber, metal re-bar, fabric and even "upcycled" everyday objects.
Vertical Vegetables is packed with important information, including lists of plants that are best suited for vertical growing. This beautiful project book is your key to more garden produce and improved outdoor living in any space, from tiny and urban, to large and sprawling.$32.99