During the last six decades, with the increase in awareness of the serious adverse effects of environmental pollution and climate change on living beings on the earth, deforestation, roadside plantation, landscaping, development of botanic gardens, arboretums, parks, private and public gardens have created a great demand for planting materials. There has been a steady increase in the demand of cut flowers, cut foliage and pot plants of many flowering and ornamental plants like rose, chrysanthemum, carnation, gerbera, lilium, anthurium, orchids and many others, and simultaneous development of greenhouse technology for the production of flowers of superior quality and attractive pot plants including species and cultivars of house plants for a regular supply to domestic and export market year round.
In view of the facts stated above, it was considered necessary to bring out a publication comprising all major aspects of ornamental horticulture suitable for tropical and subtropical regions. Accordingly, the present publication includes 23 chapters on importance, uses and scope of ornamental horticulture; improvement of ornamental plants; garden tools, implements, machineries and accessories; propagation, establishment and management of nursery of ornamental plants; greenhouse technology and cultivation of ornamental plants; trees; shrubs; bulbous plants; house plants; climbers; annuals; orchids; rose; landscape architecture and garden design; carnation; cacti and other succulents; chrysanthemum; gerbera; anthurium; palms; lawn; bonsai; and flower arrangement and floral decoration adequately illustrated in colour.
This comprehensive and illustrated publication on tropical and subtropical ornamental plants and garden design is expected to serve a useful purpose in selection and identification of thousands of ornamental plants for their successful cultivation in suitable environments and locations by amateur and professional growers, and also as a reference book for learners and for experts in landscape gardens, commercial production of flowers in farms and greenhouses, and establishment and management in nurseries. Students of horticulture in general, and floriculture and ornamental horticulture in particular, will find Ornamental Plants and Garden Design in Tropics and Subtropics of enormous help in learning the subject thoroughly and later as a specialist in ornamental horticulture and garden design particularly in tropical and subtropical climate, comprising a major part of the world.
1. Importance, uses and scope of ornamental horticulture
2. Improvement of ornamental plants
3. Garden tools, implements, machineries and accessories
4. Propagation, establishment and management of nursery of ornamental plants
5. Greenhouse technology and cultivation of ornamental plants
8. Bulbous plants
9. House plants
14. Landscape architecture and garden design
16. Cacti and other succulents
23. Flower arrangement and floral decoration