This is a book for students of horticulture, home gardeners through to professional horticulturists; nurserymen, seedsmen, garden managers,landscapers or cut flower growers.
With 140 pages and beautiful colour photographs, Knowing and Growing Annuals is a must read for anyone interested in gardening.
The first part of the book deals with how to grow annuals. Most of the book, however, looks at different annuals and how they are grown;presenting information systematically under different headings, in a format such as the following:
Common Name: Pheasant’s Eye
Origin: Europe and <st1:place w:st="on">Asia (mainly alpine regions).
Appearance: Fern-like foliage.Annual species have red, solitary, terminal anemone-like flowers.
Culture: Varies among Adonis species. The following groups can be distinguished:
1. Full shade. Moist, light, cool, acid, humus-rich soil.
2. Partial shade. Moist, however well-drained, humus-rich soil.
3. Full sun. Well-drained, humus-rich soil.
Health: Susceptible to slugs.
Uses: Cottage/informal gardens also wildflower meadows and gardens.
Medicinal: Included in many heart complaint medications. Should only be used by qualified practitioners.
Cultivars/Species: Approximately 20species of annuals and perennials. Annual species include: A. aestivalis, A. annua.
Chapter 1 How to grow colourful annuals
Reasons to use annuals
Examples of annual plants
Some possible problems of growing annuals
Understanding a plant’s life cycle
Optimum conditions means faster flowering
Creating a magnificent flower garden
Flower bed design
Chapter 2 What to grow where
Selecting annuals of different heights
Annual vegetables and herbs for display
Growing annuals in containers
Chapter 3 Encyclopedia of annuals
Coleus (see solenostemon)
Cockscombe (see celosia)
Marigold (see tagetes)
Nasturtium (see tropaeolum)
Poppy (see papaver)
Sweet pea (see lathyrus)