Author(s): Graham Stuart Thomas
Describes thousands of species of ornamental shrubs, their hybrids and cultivars in alphabetical order. The emphasis is on the use of shrubs in the garden and the author offers advice on key points such as size, scent, colour of flower, flowering season, autumn colour and propagation.
Good copy, owners stamp on fep, HB with DJ.
"Will inspire all kinds of gardeners from the greenest novice to the expert." Emma Tenant. -- The Spectator "[Graham Stuart Thomas] ... has been turning out books luminous with opinion, humour, and consumate plantsmanship." -- Horticulture "Destined to become a standard work." Anthony Huxley. -- The Garden
Graham Stuart Thomas is one of the sixty-three holders of the Victoria Medal for Honour. He has been awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society as well as their Gold Medal for his paintings and drawings, and the Dean of Hole Medal by the National Rose Society. In 1975 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his work over three decades supervising the restoration of National Trust Gardens.
Shrubs in history; the value of shrubs in the garden; working with colour; classification; hardiness and selection; practical points, planting, soil, frost, pruning, propagation, pests and diseases; guide to the alphabetical lists; alphabetical list of shrubs; alphabetical list of bamboos; alphabetical list of climbers; list of shrubs for special purposes - warm walls, shady positions, damp soils, shallow soils over chalk, heavy clay soils, sandy soils, exposed gardens at the seaside, hedging, terraces and patios, dwarf shrubs for ground-cover, border fronts, cutting for the house, coloured bark, handsome leaves, yellow-flushed leaves, yellow variegated leaves, white or cream variegated leaves, grey or claucous leaves, purple, brown, pink, etc leaves, fragrance in the garden, arching or weeping habit, horizontal line, bees, butterflies, rabbit-proof, deer-resistant; nurserymen.