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Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens (Anglais) Relié – 1 mars 2010

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Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses Includes the descriptions featuring information on growth, care, and design tips for use in gardens of various sizes. This title shows the reader how to design and plant well structured borders that feature perennials and grasses with a mix of other plants playing supporting roles. Full description

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Reliable Mentor, Reliable Plants. 18 avril 2010
Par allanbecker-gardenguru - Publié sur
Format: Relié
At last, a book for gardeners who are overwhelmed by the huge size of iconic estates, when they study them for design inspiration. Adrian Bloom understands the predicament; he is a reliable mentor for the do-it-yourself gardener. In this book, he acknowledges that it is impossible to scale down an estate garden to fit a suburban plot or to copy a prairie, meadow, or wildflower garden in a small garden space. Instead, Mr. Bloom advises readers to use the famous gardens only as a source of learning for plant use and combinations. His publication contains a wealth of illustrations that demonstrate how one can create lush gardens of any size while using a select, predetermined group of perennials and grasses.

The author' premise is that gardeners should work only with reliable plants. One is grateful to Mr. Bloom for sifting through over 8,000 species and cultivars of perennials and ornamental grasses to create a collection of 400 plants, which he then distills down into 12 essential ones. All recommended plants have proven to be timeless, best performing, and reliable in both the UK and the USA.

The reader is also encouraged to include woody plants and shrubs into landscapes, to enhance the garden with year round visual interest. According to the author, these plants are critical to the success of a garden, because they supply continuity, formality, focal points, and backgrounds; they balance out the seasonal transformations that perennials and grasses display.

To say that this book is lavishly illustrated is to beat an old metaphor to death; but that is exactly what the author has done. Image after image of successful, easy to copy, plant compositions fill each page. By including images of plant combinations in realistic settings, and by giving us not one but two and sometimes three garden designs to a page, the author has created a publication that one might call a page turner, because each image is more inspiring than the one that precedes it.

The book divides conveniently into six segments: five chapters plus an in-depth directory of plants that surpasses the combined previous five chapters in size. The first chapter illustrates the author's main theme that plants need shrubs to enhance them. Chapter 2 is a pictorial essay on how a combination of both perennials and grasses enhance gardens. Because the choice of plants can be overwhelming, in Chapter 3 the author narrows down the vast number of plants to twelve. Chapter 4 deals with the history, origin, and growing conditions of plants because the author believes that understanding what a plant needs is essential to achieving success. Chapter 5 discusses the systematic process to follow in creating and maintaining a garden. Finally, the book ends with a plant directory that is a cornucopia of information about four hundred reliable plants, a feature that happens to be this reviewer's favorite section. The photos are beautiful and inspiring, the information is clear and interesting, and the advice is timeless.

Adrian Bloom has accumulated over a half century of experience as a nurseryman and hands-on gardener. He is past owner of the world-renowned Blooms of Bressingham nursery in the UK, and appeared on the television program BBC Gardening World. He is also the recipient of the Victorian Medal of Honor from The Royal Horticultural Society. In America, Mr. Bloom appeared on the PBS television program The Victory Garden and received a Medal of Honor from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The author belongs to a new generation of horticulturalists who have embraced a style of modernity in the garden that is neither cold nor minimalist. All of the images that Mr. Bloom has collected for this publication have a lush meadow spirit where ornamental grasses are abundant among the perennials. What sets these gardens apart, from traditional romantic ones, is the luminosity captured in the grass plumes, the rich, bold, and earthy colors of the flowers, and the sensuous textures of the foliage. Readers, who are looking for design elements that are both contemporary and warm, will be inspired by the forward-looking garden ideas in this book. The plants suggested may be traditional but the gardens are not.
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Good New Perennial Book 7 juin 2010
Par Laurie A. Brown - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Adrian Bloom is the son of Alan Bloom, the plantsman who started Blooms of Bressingham, the noted plant breeders and nursery. Plants are in his blood.

The book is many things: it's a basic manual on perennial care; it tells you how to choose plants that will do well in your area (hint: choose one's that originated in a similar climate & soil); it gives you design ideas; it lists his 12 best plants; it's a grass/perennial encyclopedia, and it lists plants for special conditions-wet, dry, shady, etc. If you're just beginning with perennial gardening, this might be a good book to start with, right up there with Cox's "Perennial Garden". If you've been gardening with perennials for a number of years, you might not find any surprises- I only found one new plant that I must have. But that's not surprising: he lists only plants that have been around long enough to prove their worth. The latest salvia might be beautiful, but it might be floppsy, spew seedlings everywhere, or be a weak grower. The plants that Bloom lists are proven winners, provided you give them the soil and exposure he recommends. And that's another thing- all the plants he lists are low maintenance.
While I like most of his plant selections (I already have most of the ones that will grow in zone 4), I'm not overly fond of his designs. They are good designs, but he uses grasses with a heavier hand than I care for, and he uses much more yellow and orange than I would. On the other hand, his gardens are designed to give multi-season interest, rather than be gorgeous for one week in June and then be spent.

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A Cornucopia of Flowering Ideas 4 août 2010
Par Ann B. Keller - Publié sur
Format: Relié
One of the best aspects of a perennial garden is its ability to thrill us with a cornucopia of blooms with very little additional effort on our part. Adrian Bloom shows gardeners how to create outdoor "rooms" of flowering drama, highlighted by bursts of color, texture and height certain to thrill even the casual observer.

Using the "sacred twelve plants", such as black mondo grass, hosta Francee, geranium Rozanne, bugbane, silver grass and crocosmia Lucifer, for example, the author showcases a host of appealing gardening options. Whether one has a small plot of land or acres of private sanctuary, this book will help any gardener make the most of it.
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flower power 28 juillet 2010
Par Ellen Arnold - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I recently heard Adrian Bloom speak and was intrigued by his wonderful color combinations. This is a great book with absolutely wonderful pictures and explanations of 400 garden worthy perennials and grasses. He also has a section on his 12 favorite plants that one could use for their entire garden. The book explains where each plant originated,soil preferences and watering needs. The photos show some of the plants at various times of the year so one can see how they can add interest to the garden during different seasons. This author was the past owner of Blooms of Bressingham and his comments make this an enjoyable read along with a gorgeous and informative book. I intend to plant an area with a wave of summer color for next year.
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Photos of the perennials and grasses for this millenium 27 avril 2010
Par Rodja NZ - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
We have here photos of Foggy Bottom and The Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk UK.
Plenty of wonderful photos of perennials and grasses fill this new book. Whilst I personally did not discover anything new in the perennials and grasses depicted there, it was interested to see plants so well grown. The photo of aster frikartii 'Monch' was a delight to set eyes upon. Lots of the perennials mentioned were bred or release from Bloom's nursery, over the years. It would have been nice to see salvia 'Caradonna' and the new weird border phloxes in the photos as well as the new coloured echinaceas. A good book to look at and great to see the plants in the photos identified botanically not common names.Enjoy.
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