Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden

 
9780004140360: Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden

Drawing on his extensive horticultural experience, both as a nurseryman and in designing and developing his own garden, Adrian Bloom shows how best to create interest in your garden all year round.

He looks at the changing role of plants through the seasons and how, with careful planting, you can have a wonderful garden even in the bleak autumn and winter months.

Adrian discusses the challenges of each season, such as the need for shade and moisture in the summer, and the need for variety and hardiness in winter. Throughout the book he describes his own favourite plants, plant associations and schemes for gardens that will take you through the year, and these are shown in glorious colour photographs, many of which were specially commissioned for the book and were taken in Adrian’s own garden.

Colour artworks are used to illustrate planting plans and line artworks show general hints and tips. There is a chapter devoted to plant associations and, at the end of the book, a plant directory giving information in suitable varieties, their hardiness and their cultivation requirements.

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ADRIAN BLOOM SHARES HIS EXTENSIVE PLANT KNOWLEDGE AND GARDENING EXPERTISE TO SHOW HOW TO CREATE A GARDEN FULL OF COLOUR AND INTEREST THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Contents include:
• The changing role of plants throughout the seasons, from trees, shrubs and perennials to grasses, heathers, alpines and bulbs
• The best planting ideas and effective plant associations for year-round colour and interest.
• Over 400 full-colour photographs by the author, as well as detailed planting plans suitable for use in any size garden
• Examples of seasonal displays for containers and mixed beds for all situations
• Invaluable plant directories to help you select the best species for maximum effect
• Essential information on hardiness and cultivation, plus helpful hints and tips

While summer is generally acknowledged to be the season of maximum colour and interest in the garden, the winter months also offer many opportunities for imaginative planting that will provide both colour and variety. The heart of Adrian Bloom's philosophy lives in planning and planting for continual change in the garden to ensure interest throughout the year, in whatever size of garden, and in ' Adrian Bloom's Year-Round Garden ' he shows how this can be achieved.

In this superbly illustrated book Adrian Bloom looks at the changing role of plants through the seasons and reveals how careful planting can create a wonderful garden not only in the busy spring and summer months but also during the quieter days of autumn and winter. He discusses the particular challenges of each season – such as the need for shade and moisture in the summer, and the importance of variety and hardiness in the winter – and throughout the book he describes his favourite plants and plant associations. He also explains how his principles and planting ideas can be applied to smaller gardens to provide seasonal colour and interest, and includes advice on planting patio containers, as well as suggestions for low-maintenance and drought-resistance gardens.

The detailed plant directories contain Adrian Bloom's personal selection for the best plants for continuing interest in the garden throughout the year. He selects his favourite trees, shrubs, conifers, perennials, ferns, grasses, heaths, heathers, alpines and bulbs, describing each plant's merits and giving essential information on their hardiness and cultivation requirements.

' Adrian Bloom's Year Round Garden' contains over 400 full-colour photographs, all taken by the author, together with specially commissioned planting plans and colour illustrations. These combine with practical text and helpful hints and tips to make the most of their garden all the year round.

About the Author:

Adrian Bloom is Chairman of the famous Blooms of Bressingham Nurseries in Norfolk. He specialises in conifers, heathers and ornamental shrubs and holds the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour. He has written three previous books for HarperCollins: Winter Garden Glory, Summer Garden Glory and Blooms of Bressingham Garden Plants with his father, Alan Bloom.

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