By Allan M. Armitage

Horticulturists, scholars, and devoted domestic gardeners should be conversant in Armitage's authority in this subject from his extra technical handbook of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. That quantity used to be singled out as a winner of the alternative educational ebook Award, the yank Horticultural Society publication Award, and the backyard Writers of the United States Golden Globe Award. whereas this new providing is an ideal pictorial spouse to the guide, it additionally stands on my own with its own observation and encouraging suggestion at the best, very important, or ignored vegetation. Armitage selects confirmed specimens from approximately 2 hundred genera of crops and evaluates their garden-worthiness and sheer attractiveness. With humor, authority, and a wealth of sensible adventure, Armitage bargains useful insights into these crops that actually earn their keep---and a couple of that don't! He has illustrated the entries with greater than 1300 lovely colour photographs, rounded out by way of greater than dozen priceless lists of crops compatible for specific events or makes use of, together with crops for cool-summer parts, crops for dry events, fit for human consumption vegetation, box crops, colour crops, vines, and vegetation for slicing.

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There, scrambling up posts and pillars, was this weird purple-leaved vine, Basella alba. This twiner produces long spikes of white flowers in the axils of the leaves and small purple fruit; the common name comes from the heart-shaped leaves, which can be prepared and eaten like spinach. Basella thrives in heat that would otherwise be the demise of spinach. Since plants are raised from seed, a good deal of variability may occur. The most handsome form is Barleria cristata, flowers Basella alba ‘Rubra’ Ballota nigra ‘Variegata’ more ☞ 57 58 Basella alba, continued ‘Rubra’, with darker green leaves and red to rose flowers.

Since then, ‘Chanson’, ‘Illumination’, and ‘Spirit’ have become available to the greenhouse operator. Tuberous begonias, however, differ from other forms in that they disdain hot weather and are seldom seen in the southern half of the country. Regardless of where they are grown, they need consistent moisture and partial shade. They are at their best in the Northeast and Northwest, but gosh, they are still worth a try in other parts of the country, at least on 1 March. I have been trialing and growing wax begonias for so many years I don’t even know where to begin.

Rex-cultorum), tuberous begonias (B. tuberhybrida), and wax begonias (B. sempervirens-cultorum). The angel wing begonias, among the oldest “parlor”plants in gardening, have been arching over plants on coffee tables and in conservatories and greenhouses for years. Only recently, however, has this group made inroads into the great “common folk”of the gardening public, and now the floodgates are open for 59 Begonia coccinea ‘Dragon Wing Red’ Begonia rex-cultorum ‘Persian Swirl’ Begonia rex-cultorum ‘Lalomie’ Begonia rex-cultorum ‘Connie Boswell’ Begonia rex-cultorum ‘Good and Plenty’ Begonia rex-cultorum ‘Escargot’ Begonia tuberhybrida, red and orange mix Begonia tuberhybrida ‘Chanson’ more ☞ 60 Begonia, continued Begonia coccinea ‘Dragon Wing Pink’ Begonia rex-cultorum ‘New York’ Begonia sempervirens-cultorum ‘Ambassador Rose’ Begonia sempervirens-cultorum Cocktail series Begonia tuberhybrida ‘Non-Stop’ Begonia tuberhybrida ‘Illumination Salmon Pink’ Begonia sempervirens-cultorum behind fence Begonia tuberhybrida ‘Spirit’ garden experimentation.

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