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Hellebores (Wisley Handbooks) [Paperback]

Graham Rice
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24 May 2002 Wisley Handbooks
Many gardeners first fall in love with these lavish blooms and extravagant foliage in wintertime, when little else grows with such abandon. Then the affair continues with the discovery of the full range of delightful year-round perennials, including the new strains coming out each year, some for shade, others for sun. Start your romance with the snow-white purity of the Christmas rose, then expand to the variegated Lenten rose, before trying your own year-round hybrids.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (24 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304362875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304362875
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,621,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very much in vogue the last few years, hellebores bring colour to the garden during the winter months when not much else is either left or started into growth. Particularily popular are the deep purples of the Helleborus hybridus, sought and fought over whenever appearing for sale. Award-winning garden writer, Graham Rice, shares his expertise on their cultivation, propagation and choice to give the grower the best possible information on their care. Their foliage comes in a multitude of hues and forms from the lime green of the native Helleborus foetidus and Helleborus viridis to the pretty silver and pink-leaved Helleborus lividus from Majorca and the celery-like foliage of Helleborus vesicarus from Syria. Flower colours range from green, white, yellow, pink and purple to mixes and spots. The recent surge in hybridization has produced shades of every hue making them amenable to any colour scheme in the border. Their evergreen foliage provides a background for the spring and summer stars, coming into their own once these transient divas disappear below the surface. Rimed with hoar frost and laden with blooms, they bring a cheer and a lift to the spirits on a crisp winter's morning. Part of the RHS Wisley handbook series, this is a comprehensive and concise look at Hellebores, fully illustrated and clearly written. Aimed at both the amateur and professional grower, this is an invaluable addition to any serious horticulturalists bookshelf. - Lucy Watson

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A self purchase for hobby gardeners of both sexes and any age A gift purchase for amateur gardeners Expert information by a specialist in the field Endorsement from the UK's leading gardening authority, the Royal Horticultural Society, who now has more than 353,000 members An attractive package for any gardener One of 12 titles in this relaunched RHS Wisley Handbook series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Hellebores are Addictive 7 Jun 2014
By R. Newbold TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
... as it says in the introduction to this 160p page guide and manual to the cultivation and appreciation of these wonderful plants. There are sections on growing the various species and named varieties, propagation (though once they have decided they like you, they seed - and hybridize - with a charming promiscuity), plant associations, and a small collection of other writings and a look at the National Collection. Nicely put together read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hellebore lovers delight 24 Mar 2013
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This book contains beautiful pictures of the Hellebore species and gives a good insight to the delight of having them in your garden or tubs. Good condition and excellent delivery service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, compulsively readable - the bible of hellebores! 5 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hellebores are some of the best perennial flowers, blooming especially in the dead of winter, and easy to grow, but American gardeners don't seem to know much about them. Here's the best book on the subject, by wellknown garden writer Graham Rice and plantswoman Liz Strangman, who celebrate an extraordinary variety of types and species.
Beautifully-illustrated (with many excellent group shots of single flowers), the text sparkles (as is Graham Rice's penchant), covering such topics as hybrids in the wild and in gardens, an encyclopedia section of the species, how to breed hellebores, the national collections in britain, cultivation, plant associations, with an entire chapter devoted just to the orientalis hybrids. There's also a chapter devoted to "people and their plants" with such sections as "confessions of a hellebore addict" and "margery fish and hellebores at East Lambrook".
Even though these are British authors, this is an easy book to transpose into American growing, with a chapter devoted to "Hellebores in America".
This is a splendid book, well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll get hooked! 21 Oct 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Warning: if you read -even browse- this book, you're in danger to get hooked to hellebores for life. The authors know what they are writing about, and shovel sage advice in every page. Several expert growers offer also their knowledge. Not to talk about the simply wonderful colour photographs, that will let you dreaming on hellebores for weeks and weeks and... Simply the best book to enter in Hellebore Land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars written 31 May 2011
By ann m. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book on the subject that I have read. The photos that illustrate the examples ave very helpful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book. 21 Feb 2014
By CARL DIDONATO - Published on Amazon.com
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...a good companion to the book - "Hellebores: a Comprehensive Guide. A little technical - but good. The book covers hellebores in the UK though it did mention the USA and other places. For me, that was a slight down-side. The pictures were great. If you are interested in hellebores, you should also have this book as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information 12 May 2013
By TeeJay - Published on Amazon.com
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Concise, informative book. I am excited to see how hellebores will grow in my Midwest garden. I am now searching for a variety of plants, but reluctant to always use mail order/Internet.
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