Once discovered, witch hazels capture the hearts of gardeners who rank them among the best of all winter-flowering shrubs. Shrugging off several degrees of frost and a heavy weight of snow, their distinctive flowers held on bare branches cannot fail to light up a garden in the depths of winter. Yet, despite their attributes, only a small number are widely grown outside the gardens of enthusiasts. This book promises to change all that by turning the spotlight on these magical shrubs, highlighting their diversity and providing practical, comparative information that will thrill enthusiast and newcomer alike. The book starts with an introduction to the genus followed by detailed descriptions of the four species and their hybrids. These will be of immense value to gardeners as they consider distinguishing features and work out which will perform best for them. The book further aids identification by noting how local conditions can significantly affect plant characteristics including rate of growth, size of plant, leaf retention, and flower colour. Cultural requirements and hardiness tolerance are clearly outlined, further ensuring success in the garden. This is the first attempt to authenticate and describe all known selections, varieties, and species in one text.
Has many details and photographs of numerous named varieties. -- Michael Martin Mills Philadelphia Inquirer 20050311 It's a fascinating book with a wealth of detail and should be read by anyone with an interest in the genus. -- Martyn Rix International Dendrology Society Yearbook 20040101 Constitutes the most up-to-date monograph on this valuable but often overlooked ornamental plant. -- Peter Kendall American Rhododendron Society Journal 20060201 The author's advice on plant culture and suitable companion plantings shows his lengthy experience and close association with his favorite plant. -- Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 20060101 Mr. Lane ... has compiled all the known species and varieties into what is now considered the witch hazel bible, complete with color photographs. -- Anne Raver New York Times 20080214 The latest and most extensive reference. ... If anyone can coerce a gardener to think outside the season, it's Lane. The book's gorgeous photographs offer a close-up of flowers that often are passed by or go unnoticed. -- Jean Starr Munster (IN) Times 20081023
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Christopher Lane is Production Director for Coblands Nurseries Ltd. and also is a lecturer at Hadlow College. He lives in Kent, England.