Flowering Shrubs by Keith D. Rushforth
This guide covers all small growing, commonly available shrubs known for their decorative qualities. The bulk of the book comprises a comprehensive directory of the most common flowering shrubs available for growing. Entries include: background information on general characteristics, planting and care; a visual chart listing the most popular varieties and cultivars, with instantly-accessed information on flower colour, height, spread, hardiness, moisture and sunlight requirements; seasonal guides indicating when the plant is in flower and fruit; a table of plant care with concise advice on soil, site, general care, pruning and plant problems; expert tip boxes; and special sections on heathers and conifers, with an introduction to architectural plants. The book opens with a practical guide to essential gardening techniques, which covers: assessing your plot for soil quality, drainage, sun and shade; where to buy and how to tell if the plant is healthy; planting with rootballs, exposed roots and shrubs in containers; creative ideas for planting combinations; caring for shrubs throughout the year; when and how to prune; and increasing your stock with propagation techniques. The book closes with a section on plant problems, which includes a trouble-shooting flow chart to help identify the problem and a directory of pests and diseases.