The super bloom handbook

Jac Semmler

Book - 2024

"The essential guide to growing flowers for people who "can't grow flowers." Whatever your struggle, whether lack of space, unpredictable climate, or lack of sun, leading plant specialist (and flower whisperer) Jac Semmler will introduce you to forty of the most beautiful and easiest flowers to grow in any garden, pot, or box. You'll learn the basics for how to care for each new flower friend, with key information on planting, watering, fertilizing, deadheading, and cutting back. Start small, gain confidence, and grow your way to a floral wonderland."--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 635.9/Semmler (NEW SHELF) Due Aug 9, 2024
New York, New York : Thames & Hudson 2024.
Main Author
Jac Semmler (author)
Other Authors
Sarah Pannell (photographer)
Physical Description
158 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. How to Start
  • Why, what, when, where, how
  • Flower friends
  • Chapter 2. Maximum Blooms on a Budget
  • Nasturtium
  • Pelargonium
  • Poppy
  • Sunflower
  • Cornflower
  • Calendula
  • Billy Button
  • Borage
  • Marigold
  • Sweet Pea
  • Chapter 3. Full Flower Power
  • Snapdragon
  • Daffodils & Jonquils
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Euphorbia
  • Sedum
  • Zinnia
  • Penstemon
  • Echinacea
  • Dahlia
  • Foxglove
  • Chapter 4. Enduring Beauty
  • Daisy
  • Umbellifers
  • Echinops
  • Salvia
  • Eryngium
  • Agastache
  • Cosmos
  • Everlastings
  • Gladioli
  • Rudbeckia
  • Chapter 5. Self-Sufficient Blooms
  • Dianthus
  • Statice
  • Bearded Iris
  • Agapanthus
  • Californian Poppy
  • Valerian
  • Scabiosa
  • Nicotiana
  • Roses
  • Kangaroo Paw
  • Chapter 6. Methods for Maximum Flowers
  • Saving seeds
  • Growing from seed
  • Growing from plant
  • Cuttings
  • Caring for plants
  • Pruning
Review by Booklist Review

This guide from the author of Super Bloom (2023) is an excellent how-to introduction for novice gardeners of flowering plants. With a simple chart-like layout accompanied by colorful bursts of photography, the guide is categorized by budget (think about raising from seeds), limited space (including pots), enduring beauty (those plants that are fairly resilient to changing climates), and self-sufficiency (for gardeners with little time to fuss over their flowers). Each of the 40 entries features at-a-glance information--the whys, whats, whens, wheres, and hows--and tips; for instance, borage is the best friend to bees. A section at the end shares Semmler's instructions for growing from seeds, planting, and pruning. Get used to terms like deadheading and punneting, among others. Semmler is based in Australia, so readers can also expect some non-indigenous-to-the-U.S. recommendations, like the kangaroo paw.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.