Roses: A Growing Guide for Easy, Colorful Gardens (Burpee Basics)

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Burpee Basics: Growing Guides for Easy, Colorful Gardens Down-to-earth handbooks for beginning gardeners "Our new series of concise gardening guidebooks continues Burpee's proud tradition of giving gardeners the essentials they need. These handy little books have a great deal in common with seeds: each one contains all you need to start a wonderful gardening experience....Even the most experienced gardeners attend to the basic practices that you'll find so skillfully explained in these guides." —George Ball, Jr., President of W. Atlee Burpee, from the Foreword Roses The one book devoted entirely to the most easy-care, disease-resistant, low-maintenance roses for every climate and garden. By choosing rugged, disease-resistant varieties, anyone can grow beautiful roses. The core of the book is 100 plant portraits—descriptions of the most carefree roses commercially available.

  • Jam-packed with accessible, quick-reference information on everything from buying roses and preparing your soil to rose care and feeding, and pest and disease control.
  • Informative sidebars contain time-saving tips on pruning techniques, lists of roses for special garden conditions, and solutions to common mistakes.
  • Illustrated with over 90 color photographs of rose portraits and gardens, along with instructional line drawings.
  • Handy appendix lists mail-order and garden-supply rose sources and organizations.
  • Includes U.S. and Canadian zone map.
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Burpee is a widely known and trusted name in the gardening world, and the Burpee Basics series of colorful growing guides to specific plant types is a great reference for novice gardeners. In Roses, Mary C. Weaver clearly presents the necessary information for beginning rose growers: how to select the right roses for your garden, prepare the soil, plant, fertilize, water, and prune. Rose growers have a distinct vocabulary, and the large section on rose varieties contains a helpful glossary to terms used throughout the book. This is also the section most eager readers will turn to first: it's packed with information on the different categories within the four basic classes (old roses, modern roses, shrub roses, and climbers and ramblers) and presents excellent descriptions of 100 rose varieties, with photographs of most. As if anxious not to leave any good candidates out, Weaver also gives lists of additional varieties in each category. A generous resource list in the appendix recommends additional reading and offers North American sources for roses and garden supplies, rose societies, Web sites, and newsletters. Concise, reasonably complete, and easy to use, this is a good first rose book for any rose-loving gardener.

About the Author:

MARY C. WEAVER is a widely publicized writer, editor, and teacher. She is the freelance print editor for Home & Garden TV and the gardening columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. A certified Master Gardener, and a member of the American Rose Society, the American Horticultural Society, and the Garden Writer's Association of America, she lives and gardens in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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