This work traces the origins of fragrant plants and describes their uses, both indoors and out. Practical projects show how to achieve spectacular results in the garden, while a comprehensive plant directory explains in detail how to choose and care for your plants.
Fresh, sweet, delicate, intoxicating - scent stimulates and engages our senses and is inextricably linked to the garden. This captivating book will enable you to turn your garden into an oasis of fragrance. Divided up season-by-season, the book is presented as a gardening calendar, comprising tasks, propagation, planting advice and practical step-by-step projects featuring scented plants. Whether you want to design a fragrant garden from scratch, harvest flowers for drying, or enjoy scented containers, this book will enable you to get the most out of your garden all year round.
A joint venture between renowned garden writer Steve Bradley and his wife Val, horticulturalist and writer too. Together they give a comprehensive insight into fragrant gardening - its history from Ancient times through to its present resurgence, detailed planting plans and methods and A-Z lists of scented shrubs and flowers for each season of the year. From the intoxicating scent of lilies filling a summer evening to the comforting smell of lavender as it is brushed by, scent plays an integral part in garden design, bringing a cohesive wholeness to the outdoor experience. But not only outdoors, bringing flowers and plants into the house, introduces this magic to your indoor rooms, filling them with a scent far sweeter than any air freshener: potted hyacinths, a spray of Chimonanthus praecox, a vase of sweet-peas. Foliage too plays its part with the oil-filled leaves of scented geraniums and citrus plants, adding a sharpness to what could become too cloying. Lavishly illustrated, clearly explained and knowledgeably written, this is an excellent guide to aromatic plants containing both common and lesser known species for consideration. - Lucy Watson
About Steve Bradley
Steven Bradley is a gardener, lecturer and broadcaster who has written for almost every major gardening magazine in the UK. He has had 28 books published on every aspect of gardening.
Table of Contents
The search for scent: a fragrant history; classification of scent; how plants use scent; essential oils; harvesting & drying. Designing a fragrant garden: assessing your garden; choosing a style; basic design principles; making the most of fragrance. The fragrant garden in Spring: plants for Spring; jobs for Spring; propagation & planning; Spring project - pruning; Spring project - fragrant ground cover; fragrance indoors; Spring project - forcing bulbs; plant directory - Spring. The fragrant garden in Summer: plants for Summer; jobs for Summer; propagation & planning; Summer project - rose walkway; Summer project - flowering step lawn; container gardening; Summer project - growing plants in paving; Summer project - citrus specimen plant; Summer project - planting a fragrant container; herbs for health; Summer project - companion planting; plant directory - Summer. The fragrant garden in Autumn: plants for Autumn; jobs for Autumn; propagation & planting; Autumn project - Mediterranean border; Autumn project - scented seat; Autumn project - harvesting & drying flowers; naturalising bulbs; fragrant hedges; Autumn project - planting a fragrant hedge; plant directory - Autumn. The fragrant garden in Winter: plants for Winter; jobs for Winter; propagation & planting; Winter project - propagating fragrant lilies; Winter project - taking root cuttings; preparing to plant; Winter project - protecting climbers and wall shrubs; plant directory - Winter.
Fragrant Gardening by Steve Bradley
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