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Shrubs, climbers and trees provide definition to our gardens, softening the hard landscaping with colour, texture, and scent. These plants are the mainstay of the garden, providing height, structure, and permanence to the borders. Together they provide year-round interest with their colourful flowers, fruits and foliage. As well as this they provide shade, help to create privacy, screen out noise and unwanted views and provide a home for a myriad birds, small mammals and insects. Shrubs and trees bring the garden to life helping to define focal points, or spaces with specific uses, and are the backdrop against which annuals and short-lived plants display their fleeting colours.
This comprehensive book provides easy-to-follow advice to help decide what species of plant is appropriate for the site's size, aspect, soil type, climate, and potential use. There is helpful information about making decisions on what to plant, what to look for in a healthy specimen, what size of plant to buy, and when to plant it, as well as how to combine it with other shrubs, how to prepare the ground, and a whole range of aftercare requirements.
Three photographically illustrated A-Z directories each listing the most popular and common shrubs, climbers and trees are included and will provide invaluable assistance in choosing what to buy. Each species is presented with a description of its most important features for identification purposes, together with its ultimate height, spread and shape, season of interest, preferred aspect, hardiness rating and propagation details. The book includes over 1200 colour photographs, comprising both plant portraits to aid identification and step-by-step sequences to illustrate every practical technique required.