306 pages, 108 b/w illustrations
A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
One of the most popular and successful gardening writers of the Victorian era, Shirley Hibberd (1825-90) was editor of three bestselling gardening magazines. He was highly influential – one of the first to highlight issues such as environmental conservation, water recycling and cruelty to animals – and he helped to establish what is now the vast consumer industry of amateur gardening. First published in 1871, The Amateur's Flower Garden this is one of many books he wrote on the subject, intended as a 'handy guide' for the creation of attractive flower gardens. In it Hibberd offers advice on such topics as bedding plants, border flowers, rockeries, and annual and biennial plants. He also presents methods for managing various types of garden, such as subtropical, alpine and rose gardens. Highly detailed and extensively illustrated, The Amateur's Flower Garden remains useful and relevant to both amateur enthusiasts and seasoned horticulturists.
1. Forming the flower garden
2. The parterre
3. The bedding system and the plants required for it
4. Cultivation of bedding plants
5. A selection of bedding plants
6. Hardy border flowers
7. A selection of hardy herbaceous plants
8. Tender border flowers
9. Hardy annuals and biennials
10. The rose garden
11. The American garden
12. The subtropical garden
13. The perpetual flower garden
14. The rockery and alpine garden
15. Flowers for winter bouquets
16. The making and management of the lawn
17. Garden vermin
18. Additional selections
19. Reminders of monthly work
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