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Crocosmia and Chasmanthe

By Peter Goldblatt, John C. Manning, and Gary Dunlop

Illustrations by Auriol Batten

An excellent book ... good for both homeowners and for professionals.

Gardening Newsletter

Here at last, these beautiful bulbs are fully described and illustrated. Spring-flowering Chasmanthe is a plant for areas of mild winter, but Crocosmia can endure winter temperatures. They flower from early summer well into fall and provide wonderful displays of warm red and orange when the garden often has little else to offer except annuals. A descriptive list of more than 400 Crocosmia cultivars concludes the complete horticultural account of the genera. Superb watercolors of the species and many of the more important cultivars are complemented by charming pencil sketches of each species in its native habitat.

Media reviews

"An authoritative reference on two groups of plants deservedly popular as border subjects in warm-climate gardens."

Rock Garden Quarterly

"An excellent book ... good for both homeowners and for professionals."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"This work is recommended for large gardening collections."

—January Adams, American Reference Books Annual

"This is a must book for everyone interested in these fine garden plants."

—Rod Saunders, Bulb Chat

About the authors

Peter Goldblatt

Peter Goldblatt is a leading expert on the iris family, having spent his life studying its taxonomy and evolution. He is now retired from the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Author of many scientific papers and books, he is coauthor with John Manning of The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs and The Iris Family: Natural History and Classification.

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John C. Manning

John C. Manning is senior specialist scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. Although he has studied diverse plant families, his research more recently focuses on the Iridaceae, collaborating with Peter Goldblatt, investigating the biology of the African genus Lapeirousia and the systematics of Gladiolus. John and Peter have coauthored several books, including Gladiolus in Southern Africa and wildflower guides to the southern African flora.

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Gary Dunlop

Gary Dunlop is a practicing architect. He has an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of plants, with an emphasis on Asiatic, Southern Hemisphere, and woodland plants. He has put together significant collections of many unusual and neglected as well as common genera, ranging from South African sun lovers through antipodean alpines to moisture- and shade-loving plants, mostly from the Northern Hemisphere. The collections of plants provide year-round interest, with something in flower every day of the year. Gary received no formal training in botany or horticulture, other than from the most effective master, experience. His interest in gardening developed with making a previous half-acre garden from scratch, which soon become too small. He now gardens informally on a 3-acre plot on an exposed hilltop that has relatively shallow, lightly acid soil, with intrusions of the underlying dolerite forming natural rock features. The garden is located in County Down, Northern Ireland, just above Newtownards at the northern end of Strangford Lough, where a surprising diversity of plants thrive despite, at times, the climate. His time is also spent actively researching many of the genera that he has collected, particularly those which are not well covered in horticultural or even botanical literature. He has had published a number of articles on a diverse range of plants.

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