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Alpine Plants of Europe: A Gardener's Guide

By Jim Jermyn

Photographs by Wilhelm Schacht and Dieter Schacht

Both novices and serious green thumbs ... will be equally fascinated by Jermyn's lovely, detailed descriptions.


With this reference gardeners can successfully replicate alpine plants' native conditions, allowing them to grow such choice alpines as gentians, daphnes, and Dianthus. Dramatic photographs and descriptions take readers through the Pyrenees, Alps, Balkans, and Carpathians to capture the charms of these unique mountain plants.

Media reviews

"Both novices and serious green thumbs on the lookout for rare and choice treasures to add to their rockeries will be equally fascinated by Jermyn's lovely, detailed descriptions."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"Written for the alpine plant enthusiast, this reference book provides an exhaustive review of the European continent and offers the reader a wealth of information on this unique gardening niche."

—Jim Latchney, American Reference Books Annual

"I found it hard to close the book once I opened it. The photographs are truly exquisite."

—Barney Lipscomb, Sida, Contributions to Botany

"The pictures are gorgeous and Jermyn writes with fluidity reminiscent of a walk through the mountain tops. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in growing alpine plants in a natural garden setting."

—Emily Shelton, Alaska Botanical Garden

"So valuable are the cultural recommendations in the book that it must surely be regarded as a sound investment."

—Richard O'Connor, The Rock Garden

"Jim's approach in his book is very helpful as he couples keen observation of the plants in the natural environment with authoritative information on their propagation and cultivation. ... The superb color photography just adds to the gardener's plant lust. I highly recommend this book as a resource you will be consulting for many seasons of gardening."

—Ann Bartlett, Saximontana

About the author

Jim Jermyn

After obtaining his horticultural qualifications in 1973, Jim Jermyn held a variety of posts in Germany, Italy, and the U.K. and was for twenty years the proprietor of Scotland's distinguished Edrom Nurseries, which was established in 1930. He is a frequent lecturer on gardening topics in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A., and Canada.

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