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The Plant Lover's Guide to Dahlias

By Andy Vernon

The mug shots of these beauties are gorgeous, and Mr. Vernon's descriptions have a breezy authority that makes me want them all.

New York Times

Dahlias are the showgirls of the garden. Their colorful blooms, from purple, pink, and white to yellow, orange, and red, come in a huge variety of sizes and shapes. They are also a favorite cut flower, adding bright cheer and strong architecture to an arrangement.

The Plant Lover's Guide to Dahlias is packed with everything you need to know to grow these fantastic flowers. The book includes tips on using dahlias in garden design, growth and propagation information, and lists of where to buy the plants and where to view them in public gardens. The bulk of the book is devoted to profiles for over 200 varieties, organized by color, with information on type, height, and spread. Gorgeous color photographs bring the plants to life.

This book is part of the Plant Lover's Guide series on important ornamental plant groups. Written for plant-driven gardeners by recognized experts in the field, the guides offer a great education in ornamental gardening and are abundantly illustrated with inspiring photography of both the plants and gardens that feature them.

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"Lavishly illustrated. ... Vernon shines a light on those bodacious bloomers."

New York Times Book Review

"There is something for almost every garden here. ... The explosion in new varieties, including singles and dwarfs bred for modern spaces and tastes, makes this up-to-date book essential for dahlia lovers, cutting-edge flower gardeners, and all collections."

Library Journal

"Wonderful."

—Emma Townshend, Independent (London)

"The mug shots of these beauties are gorgeous, and Mr. Vernon's descriptions have a breezy authority that makes me want them all."

—Anne Raver, New York Times

"Attractively designed, accessible, with excellent photography and clear typography. The authors clearly know their stuff, and write well ... These books serve as a wide view into narrow subjects in an engaging and attractive way."

—Graham Rice, Transatlantic Gardener

"Visual and informational candy for people who are passionate about plants."

—Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal

About the author

Andy Vernon

Andy Vernon is passionate about dahlias, incorporating them into every available planting opportunity in his garden. He has produced and directed popular television programs for BBC including Gardeners' World and BBC Gardener of the Year. Trained as a horticulturist, Andy has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and at Botanic Park in the Cayman Islands.

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