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Winter-flowering Shrubs

By Michael W. Buffin

Every garden can benefit from the element of surprise provided by the plants described here.


Gardeners, plant collectors, horticulturists, and landscape designers will find a valuable resource in this carefully selected plant directory of best performing winter-flowering shrubs. Readers will find daphnes, viburnums, witch hazels, and camellias to suit every taste and garden situation, as well as information about how to help their choice winter-flowering shrubs flourish from November to March. Tips on combining winter-flowering shrubs, using winter sunlight to backlight choice specimens, and getting the right balance of complementary plants complete this practical and inspiring guide. Whether looking to extend a plant collection or create a winter garden, collectors and gardeners alike will delight in the possibilities available for blooms and scents in colder climates.

Media reviews

"Every garden can benefit from the element of surprise provided by the plants described here."

—Rob Cassy, Bookseller

"Buffin possesses an intimate knowledge of the surprisingly subtle yet magical displays that characterize gardens in wintertime. The cultivation tips accompanying entries will inspire, inform, and prepare gardeners looking for exceptional specimens to incorporate all-year-round interest."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"This well laid out and amply illustrated guide contains both an excellent section on the design of the winter garden, as well as a thorough A–Z compendium of winter flowering shrubs."

—Michael Weishan, Michael Weishan's World of Gardening

"The book is very readable, it is not just a reference book."

—Caroline Harcourt, Cottage Gardener

"The sweet smell of daphnes and witch hazels nearly drifts off the pages ... this book reminds us how lucky we are to garden in a climate where we can have some plant or another in bloom every day of the year."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"Whether looking to extend a plant collection or create a winter garden from scratch, collectors and gardeners alike will delight in the tantalizing winter landscape evoked here."

Rainy Side Gardeners

"This would make a wonderful gift book for any gardener with the winter blues."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Buffin is well equipped to launch us in rewarding directions when it comes to appreciating winter's opportunities. I recommend this book to those seeking to expand their appreciation of winter's multiple offerings."

—Peter Kendall, American Rhododendron Society Journal

About the author

Michael W. Buffin

Michael W. Buffin presently advises on 70 historical gardens and parks in Southern England for the National Trust. He trained at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and spent time at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. He has written many articles for plant journals, contributed sections to books, and lectured in the U.K. and U.S.A.

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