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The Mediterranean Gardener [Paperback]

Hugo Latymer , Niccolo Grassi
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Book Description

15 May 2001
Hugo Latymer reveals the rich diversity of trees, shrubs, flowering plants and cacti that flourish in regions where summers are hot and dry, winters mild and wet.

His knowledge and enthusiasm are communicated in descriptions of more than 300 plants, most of them readily obtainable: Chinaberry trees with fragrant lilac flowers in spring, dark green twisted carobs, beautiful red-flowered climbing lilies. Many of the subjects are illustrated in superb colour photographs. Coded information at the head of each entry enables gardeners to make the best choices when confronted with the bewildering array of plants on offer.

Whether your garden is a patio of a few square metres or several hectares on a terraced hillside, you will find a wealth of ideas for colourful and interesting plants and a variety of garden designs. The author draws on 20 years' experience of gardening on the island of Mallorca.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; New Ed edition (15 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711218285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711218284
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 19 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This sun-drenched book contains luscious photographs from around the world.' -- Gardens Made Easy, September 2001

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Hugo Latymer was an authority on plant cultivation and garden design in Mediterranean regions. He spent many years living and gardening on Majorca and became an acknowledged authority on designing and cultivating gardens suited to the dry, hot climate there. He died in 2003.

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Broadly speaking, this book caters for gardeners living in warm temperate regions that experience four months of hot, almost totally dry summer weather and wet but sunny winters, with lowest annual temperatures of between 2 C/35 F and -6 C/21 F. Read the first page
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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The great thing about this book is that it gives at-a-glance lowest temperatures in centigrade and fahrenheit that each plant will tolerate - very important if you are planting in the Vaucluse or other frost-bitten areas of southern France. Most other books have complicated numbering systems for cold/heat tolerance information.This book is beautiful to look at and has separate easy reference chapters for trees,shrubs and flowers. Definitely number one on my shelf.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book 3 Aug 2008
This is a very useful book, with clear and precise information about the species it covers.

My only 'but' is that it is heavily biased towards alcaline gardening, while there are many places in the Mediterranean that are quite acid.

I would like the book to be larger, to have more photos and, especially, to cover more trees: given enough water (and the right way) the number of species one can cultivate in summer-dry regions is quite surprising.

The photos are very good, but they do not cover every species, and there are several ideas that may be useful for gardeners and even architects.

Overall a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am constantly referring to this book! 3 Jun 2003
It is my bible for gardening. I always refer to it before buying anything for the garden. I like the intelligent approach the author gives by advising thoughout that if you don't want to waste time, money and water, buy mediterranean plants.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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A simple but knowledgeable book for gardeners in California, the Mediterranean or Cape Province. The many illustrations make it a veritable "ideas book" The Author has owned a growing nursery garden in Mallorca for 36 years
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A superb book that is easy to read and contains information on 'real' mediterranean gardening. The author is a genuine authority on the aspects of mediterranean plants and garden features (Hugo Latymer owned his own nursery/garden centre in Mallorca).

The plant guides, garden features and designs are real, not ideas that have been transplanted into UK gardens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have if you have a Mediterranean Garden 7 Jan 2010
A great book with lots of useful information and some very nice photos. It only gets 4 not 5 as it does not mention all of the plants I would like - however it is only a small book. It is also very good for finding out what is wrong with plants which look a bit sick. I moved to Spain 4 years ago and am having to learn how to garden all over again - different plants, different climate, different challenges.
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