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The Gardener's Guide to Growing Fritillaries

There are over 100 species of the genus Fritillaria occurring in the wild throughout the northern temperate zone, in a wide variety of habitats, from grassy downlands and cornfields to pine woods and alpine slopes. Nevertheless relatively few are known to the gardener, and this book sets out to show that many more species of these delicate spring flowers than are currently grown are quite viable garden plants, given the right cultural conditions. Full species descriptions are provided, as well as a wealth of practical information on cultivation, including advice on hardiness, soil types and planting associations, and on propagation, together with tips on how to improve the strain through selective breeding. Line drawings capture minute botanical detail, and colour photographs show the great variation characteristic of the genus.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1 The Fascination of Fritillaries; 2 Botany & Distribution; 3 Buying & Cultivating Fritillaries; 4 Plant Associations; 5 Propagation & Breeding; 6 Fritillaries in the Wild; 7 People & Their Plants; 8 Fritillaries in North America; 9 Showing Fritillaries; 10 A-Z List of Fritillaries; Glossary; Appendices; Index

About the Author

Kevin Pratt is a bulb and alpine enthusiast who writes and lectures for a number of gardening societies including the Alpine Garden Society, The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens and the RHS Lily Group. Since 1985 he has been holder of the National Collection of Fritillaries which holds over 100 species. He also works as a gardening consultant and landscape designer. He lives in Edgeley, near Stockport. Michael Jefferson-Brown has been a prominent figure on RHS committees and a regular judge, as well as running an internationally renowned bulb farm which won nearly one hundred gold medals at Chelsea. He is the author of The Easy Garden Month-by-Month and the award winning Gardener's Guide to Growing Lilies, both published by David & Charles, and he contributes to gardening magazines regularly. He lives in Hanley Swan, Worcs.


'Everything you need to know about growing these particularly beautiful plants.' - Sunday Telegraph; 'Accessible, thorough, well-written, stimulating and affordable.'

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