Flowering Shrubs (Collins Practical Gardener)

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This guide covers all small growing, commonly available shrubs known for their decorative qualities. The bulk of the book comprises a comprehensive directory of the most common flowering shrubs available for growing. Entries include: background information on general characteristics, planting and care; a visual chart listing the most popular varieties and cultivars, with instantly-accessed information on flower colour, height, spread, hardiness, moisture and sunlight requirements; seasonal guides indicating when the plant is in flower and fruit; a table of plant care with concise advice on soil, site, general care, pruning and plant problems; expert tip boxes; and special sections on heathers and conifers, with an introduction to architectural plants. The book opens with a practical guide to essential gardening techniques, which covers: assessing your plot for soil quality, drainage, sun and shade; where to buy and how to tell if the plant is healthy; planting with rootballs, exposed roots and shrubs in containers; creative ideas for planting combinations; caring for shrubs throughout the year; when and how to prune; and increasing your stock with propagation techniques. The book closes with a section on plant problems, which includes a trouble-shooting flow chart to help identify the problem and a directory of pests and diseases.

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Keith Rushforth has written ten books on trees, shrubs, conifers and other horticultural subjects, including the Collins Wildlife Trust Trees of Britain and Europe (1999), Mitchell Beazley Pocket Guide to Trees (1980) and The Easy Tree Guide (Arum, 2001). He is a Chartered Forester and Arboricultural Consultant, and also a Member of the Institute of Horticulture, who delights in making hunting trips in search of plants.

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