The Timber Press encyclopedia of flowering shrubs

James M. 1946- Gardiner

Book - 2011

Gardiner has distilled the knowledge of several decades to come up with an incomparable pictorial reference of hardy flowering shrubs that excel in temperate-zone gardens.

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Published
Portland, Or. : Timber Press 2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
436 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780881928235
0881928232
Main Author
James M. 1946- Gardiner (-)
  • Introduction
  • Flowering shrubs A to Z
  • Table of selected shrubs by key design and cultural characteristics.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Flowering shrubs—woody-stemmed plants that are usually branched from ground level, such as forsythia and magnolia—are among the most striking plants in many gardens. Professional gardeners prize them for their colors, fragrances, and wide variety of sizes, hardiness, soil preferences, and flowering periods. Author Gardiner, director of horticulture for the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in the UK, presents his selections in this beautiful volume. More than 2,000 high-quality images—featuring 1,700 plants in more than 345 genera—are organized alphabetically by botanical name. Although most of the plants selected are easy to grow, Gardiner has also included more demanding choices, which should prove rewarding for the experienced gardener. The introductory section includes practical general points on soil, planting depth, addition of organic matter, mulch, pruning, and hardiness. Also in this section is "How to Use the Encyclopedia," which includes a discussion of correct plant names, the size descriptions used, positioning, flowering times, soil types preferred, cultivation notes, and descriptions of the USDA's 12 hardiness zones. Each entry describes the special attributes of the plant and how to grow it and includes expected height and spread, season of flowering, pruning requirements, and hardiness zone rating. In addition to the botanical names listed in the main section, plants can be readily accessed using the common-name index. Gardiner has chosen the best flowering shrubs for the average gardener, from the Abelia and Camellia to the Yucca and Zenobia. This volume will be well used by beginning and professional gardeners in temperate climates. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Choice Reviews

Gardiner (Royal Horticultural Society, UK), a specialist in woody plants, has produced a beautiful resource. This encyclopedia displays photographs of over 1,700 shrubs in full color. Locating specific plants according to scientific name is easy. Each entry lists crucial information including size, hardiness, soil needs, and why the shrub is distinctive. Readers may easily flip through the pages to discover new plants and readily compare different species, subspecies, and varieties. Located toward the end of the encyclopedia is a table of selected shrubs by key design and characteristics. This table provides an at-a-glance snapshot of information, color coded for ease of use. The one fault of the encyclopedia is the omission of the common names associated with the scientific names that accompany each vivid picture. A brief index of synonyms and common names is helpful to the reader, but adds a layer of complexity when one is searching for general species. The encyclopedia makes almost no mention of native plants. Overall, this is an excellent tool that is well suited to landscape architecture and horticultural programs and to a general audience. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Professionals/Practitioners. J. Clemons State University of New York-ESF Copyright 2012 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Gardiner (director, horticulture; chief curator, Britain's Royal Horticultural Soc. gardens) provides compact entries on 2000 plants, listed in alphabetical order by Latin name and indexed by common name and synonym. Each entry includes a full-color photograph of the cultivar's flowers and foliage and information on its hardiness zone and preferred conditions, bloom time, soil and light requirements, and when to prune. The introduction defines the terms used in the work, clarifying, for example, that early spring means March. The closing "Table of Selected Shrubs by Key Design and Cultural Characteristics" summarizes and color codes the plants by foliage type, flower color, size, and flowering season and zone and enables users to search by these components. The photographs, all from the author's personal collection, represent 40 years of work and vividly illustrate the differences between the cultivars. A one-page glossary defines such terms as chlorotic, obovate, and spur pruning, and a two-page further-reading section lists works on such specific groups of shrubs as Asian plants, hollies, peonies, and more. VERDICT Gardiner's beautiful encyclopedia is user-friendly and informative.—Fran Millhouser, formerly with Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA [Page 101]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Director of horticulture for all of the Royal Horticultural Gardens in the UK, Gardiner says he became hooked on flowering shrubs as a student and has been taking slides of ones that make rewarding garden plants for more than 40 years. These plants have been collected worldwide as well as introduced by hybridizers and nurseries. The 1,700 illustrated here are arranged alphabetically by genus name with notes on size, need for sun/shade, flowering period, and hardiness. A "Table of Selected Shrubs" lists key design and cultural characteristics. One of the most beautiful books of the year. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The director of horticulture for all the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in the united Kingdom showcases the best flowering shrubs with more than 200 full-color photos and growth and cultivation information.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Gardiner has distilled the knowledge of several decades to come up with an incomparable pictorial reference of hardy flowering shrubs that excel in temperate-zone gardens.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The director of horticulture for all the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in the United Kingdom showcases the best flowering shrubs with more than two hundred full-color photos and growth and cultivation information.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Gardiner (director of horticulture, Royal Horticultural Society, UK) drew on several decades of experience to make his selections of the best shrubs. Organized alphabetically by botanical name (a common name index is included), this thoughtfully prepared and well designed encyclopedia offers readers quick access to identification and cultivation information. Roughly 1,700 plants are presented, each briefly described and illustrated--with a total of 2,000 color photos. Home gardeners as well as professional landscape designers will appreciate this informed and informative reference. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Rich attributes including vibrant color, fragrance, and sheer variety of form make flowering shrubs the most rewarding of garden plants, but this vast group with its scores of tempting plants'including abutilons, camellias, viburnums, and witch hazels'requires careful navigation. Leading expert on woody plants Jim Gardiner has distilled several decades of knowledge and experience into The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs, an incomparable pictorial reference of hardy shrubs that excel in temperate-zone gardens.This highly illustrated guide (with 2000 high-quality images) features more than 1700 plants organized alphabetically by botanical name and readily accessed using the common name index. Gardiner has chosen the best flowering shrubs for gardeners, from the Abelia, Buddleja, and Camellia to the Xanthoceras, Yucca, and Zanthoxylum. Essential horticultural notes accompany each entry and include expected height and spread after 10 years, season of flowering, preferred position, soil and pruning requirements, USDA hardiness zone rating, and more.With wise selection and care, flowering shrubs can be the making of a garden irrespective of its size, location, or the time of year. This important new book is the essential reference on the subject that no discerning horticulturist, landscape designer, or gardener should consider being without.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Rich attributes including vibrant color, fragrance, and sheer variety of form make flowering shrubs the most rewarding of garden plants, but this vast group with its scores of tempting plants—including abutilons, camellias, viburnums, and witch hazels—requires careful navigation. Leading expert on woody plants Jim Gardiner has distilled several decades of knowledge and experience into The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs, an incomparable pictorial reference of hardy shrubs that excel in temperate-zone gardens.This highly illustrated guide (with 2000 high-quality images) features more than 1700 plants organized alphabetically by botanical name and readily accessed using the common name index. Gardiner has chosen the best flowering shrubs for gardeners, from the Abelia, Buddleja, and Camellia to the Xanthoceras, Yucca, and Zanthoxylum. Essential horticultural notes accompany each entry and include expected height and spread after 10 years, season of flowering, preferred position, soil and pruning requirements, USDA hardiness zone rating, and more.With wise selection and care, flowering shrubs can be the making of a garden irrespective of its size, location, or the time of year. This important new book is the essential reference on the subject that no discerning horticulturist, landscape designer, or gardener should consider being without.