Author(s): WAY DAVID
Most are easy to grow and propagate and a large number of them are ideal for perennial and mixed borders while some make excellent plants for raised beds, part-shade situations, rock gardens and patios. The shorter alpine types present more of a challenge to the gardener but new techniques for growing them successfully, and new forms which demand less specific conditions, are now becoming known. The extraordinary range of colour provided by the genus combined with their ability to flower over a long summer period compounds the appeal of this fascinating and collectable plant.
'A fabulous book... if you have not already fallen in love with these useful and alluring flowers, you soon will.' - The Guardian 'a comprehensive, balanced, meticulous and readable addition to the gardener's book shelf' - Gardens Illustrated
Peter James grew penstemons for many years and his academic knowledge of botany together with his patience in sifting through old records enabled him to assemble a unique picture of the genus. He was recently involved in genetic research attempting to elucidate some of the origins of the popular hybrids. He died in 2002. David Way trained as a horticulturalist at Cambridge University and the RHS Garden at Wisley. As well as a career in teaching and research, he has for many years been a member of the executive committee of the Hardy Plant Society, and is the author of their booklet, Penstemons. He writes, lectures and has broadcast on horticultural topics. David lives in Hunton, Kent.
Foreword Introduction 1. The Botany of Penstemons 2. The History of the Genus Penstemon 3. The History of the European Hybrids 4. Cultivation 5. Propagation 6. Pests, Diseases and Disorders 7. Penstemons Across the World 8. A Survey of Penstemon Species 9. A-Z of Garden Forms of Penstemons Appendices Index