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Bulbs in Containers

By Rod Leeds

Photographs by Marie O'Hara

The trouble with this book is that it prevents you from getting your work done — unless of course your line of work involves surfing the Internet and charging bulbs to your credit card.

Horticulture

Fantastic color photographs and excellent writing make this an inspirational and accessible guide for specialty plant collectors, alpine and rock gardeners, and city gardeners, as well as anyone gardening in small spaces. Readers will learn about the ease and practicality of growing bulbs in containers — bringing year-round color and interest to one's home. Popular classic bulbs are included, as well as a range of more unusual varieties such as the delicate-looking but surprisingly unfussy corydalis, and graceful, late-spring-flowering scillas. The book details how to plan and prepare for a year of flowering bulbs — how to store bulbs during the dormant period and get them ready for planting, how to make homemade shelters to protect plants during the growing season before they begin to flower, and how to create simple accessories that show off the final display. Detailed advice on seed propagation provides gardeners an inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and satisfying method of increasing their range of species bulbs.

Media reviews

"The trouble with this book is that it prevents you from getting your work done — unless of course your line of work involves surfing the Internet and charging bulbs to your credit card. Author Rod Leeds has filled the pages with inspiring writings on bulbous treasures to grow in pots. You will want to have all of them in your garden."

—Sara Begg, Horticulture

"Contains photographs of dozens of intriguing lesser-known bulb plants to whet any plant lover's appetite!"

—Cathy Cromell, National Gardening Association Regional Reports

"Just what I would expect from a grower of such skill and experience as Rod Leeds."

—Ian Young, The Rock Garden

"Set apart by its wide-ranging approach, Leeds' guide offers irresistible ideas for enhancing the beauty of bulbs in containers plantings."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"The gorgeous pictures, alone, will motivate even casual container gardeners to try something new."

—Doreen Howard, Container Gardens

"This book is like a perfect garden, there are blooms here for every gardener. From the novice learning about new bulbs to the seasoned gardener who hasn't the time to get out of the dirt and think about which bulb to grow in which season, the answers are here."

—Carolyn Craft, Bulbs

About the author

Rod Leeds

Rod Leeds began his career in education and worked as a primary school head teacher for twenty-three years before taking early retirement. He is chairman of the RHS Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee and is actively involved with the Alpine Garden Society, where he is Publications Officer. Rod Leeds lectures and writes widely on gardening topics, calling on his practical experiences. He is a regular contributor to The Plantsman and other specialist plant journals.

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