Books About Hydrangeas, Garden Books

Hydrangeas for American Gardens North American Gardens

Hydrangeas for American Gardens

by Dr. Michael Dirr

The sheer number of choices among Hydrangea species, hybrids, and cultivated varieties can be overwhelming even for the most advanced gardeners. How to choose from among the hundreds of mopheads, climbers, lacecaps, and oakleafs, to name just a few. And how to care for hydrangeas in American gardens, when nearly all the books offering advice about them come from England and Europe. Respected plantsman Michael A. Dirr comes to the rescue in this refreshingly forthright and practical guide to these distinctive shrubs and climbers.

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Manual of Woody Landscape Plants

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants

by Dr. Michael Dirr

Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs, this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation.

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Encylopedia of Trees & Shrubs

Dirr’s Encylopedia of Trees & Shrubs

by Dr. Michael Dirr

With Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs and Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates, Michael Dirr set the gold standard for horticultural reference. This season, Timber Press is proud to publish his seminal work, Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, the most comprehensive visual reference on this important subject. A combination of Dirr's bestselling books under one cover, adding new plants, new photographs, plus all new commentary in Dirr's signature style, it is the bible of woody plants.

From majestic evergreens to delicate vines and flowering shrubs, Dirr features thousands of plants and all the essential details for identification, planting, and care, plus full-color photographs showing a tree's habit in winter, distinctive bark patterns, fall color, and more. In a class by itself for its quality of information, the best researched recommendations for hardiness in the industry, beautiful photography, and Dirr's own preeminence as a master plantsman, Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs is a critical addition to any garden library.

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Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas

Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas

by C.J. van Gelderen and D.M. van Gelderen

Famed for their durability, beauty, and diversity, hydrangeas are enjoying a renaissance in today's gardens. These classic garden shrubs provide bold color --- from pink to purple, blue to white --- in midsummer to mid-autumn, when few other plants are in bloom. Many hundreds of dramatic species, hybrids, and horticultural selections are available to the enthusiast to fill every possible niche in the garden. For the first time, a thorough encyclopedia shows in full color the range of flowering treasures available. With complete information on cultivation, propagation, and pests and diseases, The Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas promises to help every discerning gardener ensure planting success. Lavishly illustrated with approximately 800 photographs, the concise descriptions present more than 1000 hydrangea species, subspecies, varieties, and cultivars. All types of hydrangeas are included, from blousy mopheads to delicate lacecaps, from oakleafs to climbers. This incredible resource provides gardeners with the tools needed to discover the many true gems in this lovely group of plants.

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Hydrangeas in the North

Hydrangeas in the North:
Getting Blooms in the Colder Climates

by Tim Boebel

Finally, a hydrangea book for the Northern gardener which answers the age-old question, "How do I get my hydrangeas to bloom?" Author Tim Boebel has come up with a proven method for getting blooms on macrophylla and serrata hydrangeas grown in the colder climates. Loaded with full-color photographs, this book details over a hundred cultivars and what they need to explode into bloom in the North.

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Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs

Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs

by Vincent Simeone

With stunning color photos throughout, this gardening guide describes more than 50 types of the best flowering shrubs and details their use in home landscaping. Shrubs are arranged by genus, separated into deciduous flowering and notable evergreen shrubs, and listed with the common name; size and shape; foliage color, shape, and texture; flower and fruit (if any); soil, nutrient, and light needs; pruning needs for maximum growth and/or flower; and USDA Hardiness Zones. Details of specific species, cultivars, and varieties that lead to exceptional size, color, flower, hardiness, and durability are also included. Helpful hints on soil types, watering, pest control, and pruning explore how best to plant and care for any shrub. The appendix includes lists of nurseries, web sites for further information, and an extensive index and bibliography.

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Hydrangeas: A Gardener's Guide

Hydrangeas: A Gardener's Guide

by Toni Lawson-Hall & Brian Rothera

Beautifully illustrated with over 130 color photographs, this new, revised edition of the classic text on hydrangeas shows the enormous possibilities offered by the plants, describing 20 new cultivars not in the original edition. The first section provides information on natural history, cultivation, and propagation; the second section describes 100 cultivars, including salient characteristics and even leaf and sepal outlines. The information is highly readable, yet full enough to be used as a guide to identification. It's easy to see why the book is a classic, and no hydrangea enthusiast will want to be without this new, expanded edition.

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Heavenly Hydrangeas

Heavenly Hydrangeas: A Practical Guide for the Home Gardener

by Joan Harrison

A comprehensive hydrangea handbook for the home gardener with expert advice on selection, planting, pruning, propagation, and providing basic care. More than 250 vivid color photos clarify such topics as flower color and seasonal changes. With single topic chapters and answers to frequently asked questions, this is a handy and easily accessible guide for both beginning and experienced gardeners.

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Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands

Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands

by Joan Harrison

Over 340 striking color photos introduce readers to the quintessential flower of the Cape and the Islands, the hydrangea. The lucky people who live in the region revel in these lush flowers flourishing in a maritime climate. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beautiful displays of hydrangeas in home gardens, outside restaurants and inns, and especially in waterfront areas, where hydrangeas thrive in the sea air. Blue blooms predominate, their naturally cheerful colors echoing the blue of the sea and the sky. Regional gardeners also delight in creating tapestries of color in shades of pink, purple, and blue. This book captures the beauty of hydrangeas and their wide range of uses, both outdoors and indoors, including their frequent appearance in wedding bouquets. From the lacy white flowers of climbing hydrangea in early spring to the rich burgundy blooms of late fall, hydrangeas bring accents of beauty throughout the growing season.

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Complete Hydrangeas

Complete Hydrangeas

by Glyn Church

The large number of hydrangea cultivars developed in recent years has done much to increase their popularity across North America. Gardeners in colder regions, who could not grow these brilliant bloomers, now have many choices available. Today there are new super-hardy, dwarf and compact varieties; new colors; and new forms of these satisfying plants.

Glyn Church celebrates these developments in this comprehensive guide. Illustrated with lush color photographs on every page, Complete Hydrangeas features:

  • More than 230 recommended clones, cultivars and related plants
  • The latest developments in hybridization
  • Planting, pruning, pests and propagation
  • Choosing the best plant for the location
  • Special advice on growing red, pink and blue blooms
  • Using hydrangeas in garden design
  • Companion plantings
  • Growing in containers
  • Caring for cut blooms, and enjoying hydrangeas in the home.

The author's advice, guidance and enthusiasm will have readers enjoying these show-stopping blooms in their own gardens.

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