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Growing Garden Bulbs

Growing Garden Bulbs

by Richard Wilford
Growing Garden Bulbs

Growing Garden Bulbs

by Richard Wilford




There are few delights as universal as spotting the first buds of spring. The appearance of a bold tulip or a shy daffodil heralds warmth and changing seasons. These plants, as well as others such as nerines, lilies, irises, and hyacinths, begin life as bulbs. While they require careful cultivation, they can brighten gardens year after year.

With the expert guidance in Growing Garden Bulbs, readers will have the confidence and inspiration they need to get started growing fantastic bulbs. This practical and highly illustrated guide focuses on growing temperate garden bulbs in the outdoor garden. It walks readers step-by-step through all aspects of bulb growing, covering everything from buying to blossom. Chapters address the when and how of buying bulbs, selecting the best specimens, planting both outdoors and in pots, naturalizing, keeping pests and diseases away, and, for the more adventurous, propagating plants. In addition, a detailed planting guide takes readers through every season, making it easier to plan gardens. Because the book draws on more than thiry years of experience from one of the leading experts on bulbs, readers can be sure they are getting accurate and practical information.

From tulips to snowdrops, fritillaries, daffodils, and many more, Growing Garden Bulbs looks at all the popular garden bulbs and their relatives, highlighting plants that can be easily found in garden centers and local nurseries. Thanks to the book’s user-friendly style and rich illustrations, the hardest part will be choosing which bulbs to buy first.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842464717
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Series: Kew - Kew Growing
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Richard Wilford is the collections manager for the Hardy Display section at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is responsible for alpines, bulbs, and hardy herbaceous perennials. He sits on the editorial panel of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, the world’s oldest plant journal, and has written regularly for Kew magazine. His other books include Alpines, from Mountain to Garden and Tulips: Species and Hybrids for the Gardener.

Table of Contents


Buying Bulbs

Planting and caring

      Planting depths

      Naturalising bulbs

      Planting in the grass

      Growing bulbs in pots

      Long-term care

      Pests and diseases


Bulbs by season




      Winter aconite

      Cyclamen coum

      Reticulata irises




      Hyacinths and bluebells


      Small blue bulbs

      Dog’s tooth violets







      Dahlias and begonias



      Autumn-flowering crocus

      Autumn-flowering Cyclamen



South African bulbs


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