The Gardener's Guide to Growing Penstemons

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Penstemons are ideal plants for use in mixed borders and perennial beds, and they are currently enjoying a new international surge in popularity. They flower in an extraordinary range of colors over a long summer period, and most are easy to grow and propagate.

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Probably the most complete guide available to the genus "Penstemon." -- Elizabeth Evans "E-Streams" (09/29/2003) Another excellent resource to assure success in growing Penstemon. -- Lynn Rogers "Northwest Arkansas Times" (08/29/2002) This very helpful guide offers practical advice to both novice and experienced gardeners. -- George Cohen "Booklist" (05/01/1998) Very readable. It can be read straight through or dipped into for specific information. -- Ginny Maffitt "Rock Garden Quarterly" (06/07/2004) Avid gardeners will welcome this specific, unusual guide with its color photos and insights. -- James A. Cox "Wisconsin Bookwatch" (02/01/1999) It is indeed a complete, practical guide that will enable you to grown and enjoy these plants. -- John E. Bryan "Gardening Newsletter" (06/01/1998) It is a daring and attractive encapsulation of an immense body of horticultural enterprise. -- Panayoti Kelaidis "Rock Garden Quarterly" (02/01/1998) "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Penstemons" does an excellent job of meeting a difficult challenge. -- Douglas Darnowski "Plant Science Bulletin" (02/01/1998) I unreservedly recommend "The Gardener's Guide to Growing Penstemons." It is scholarly but very approachable, it is practical and contains something for everyone. -- Peter Miles "Gardens Illustrated" (07/01/2000) The biggest contribution Way and James have made is to make some sense out of the totally confusing and complicated classification of penstemons which will be extremely helpful to any gardener. -- Ethel Fried "Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer" (02/22/1999) The authors have cataloged nearly every gardenworthy penstemon, from the many European hybrids to the North American natives. This book is a great resource for anyone interested in growing even a few of these stalwart perennials. -- Virginia Small "Fine Gardening" (02/01/1999) This book presents an excellent coverage of the species, including warnings about the more difficult alpine species, and introduces the gamut of new hybrids that have advanced in appeal beyond the top-heavy hybrids of the 50s and 60s. -- Trevor Nottle "Australian Gardener" (02/01/2000)

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Peter James grew penstemons for many years and his academic knowledge of botany together with his patience in sifting through old records enabled him to assemble a unique picture of the genus. He was recently involved in genetic research attempting to elucidate some of the origins of the popular hybrids. He died in 2002. David Way trained as a horticulturalist at Cambridge University and the R.H.S. Garden at Wisley. As well as a career in teaching and research, he has for many years been a member of the executive committee of the Hardy Plant Society, and is the author of their booklet, Penstemons. He writes, lectures and has broadcast on horticultural topics. David lives in Hunton, Kent.

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Book Description 1998. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Illustrated in full colour, this guide gives all the information necessary to grow this fashionable perennial whose popularity now rivals the enthusiasm bestowed in the early years of this century. The authors provide an historical view, how to cultivate and propagate, a survey of all the species and seed strains and a section on pests/diseases. Seller Inventory # 017516

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