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Grow Your own Flowers

Grow Your own Flowers
Helen Yemm
Octopus Books
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paper, 224 pp., $19.95

Garden columnist for the U.K. newspaper, Daily Telegraph, Helen Yemm urges readers to create gardens filled with the beauty of flowers. No matter what style, she suggests that “a garden without an abundance of flowers just isn’t the real thing.” To prove this point, the author reviews a wealth of garden sites that are enhanced by a profusion of flowers. Her advice on floral culture is exceptionally well done; her instructions cover the different types of flowering plants, site conditions, and soils before consideration of how to propagate, install, and grow healthy, colorful specimens. Like other works of British origin, many of the recommended varieties and cultivars are not available on this side of the Atlantic. Despite this, readers may find this work significant because the author, a knowledgeable gardener, provides extensive information and illustrations of desirable species, which may be suitable and locally available.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden