The bulk of this guide comprises a comprehensive directory of the most popular varieties of clematis and other climbing plants. Entries include: background information on general characteristics, planting and care; a visual chart listing the most popular varieties and cultivars, with instantly-accessed information on height, spread, colour of flower, hardiness, moisture and sunlight requirements; seasonal guides indicating the flowering season; a table of plant care with concise advice on soil, site, general care, pruning and pests and diseases; and expert tip boxes. The book opens with a practical guide to gardening techniques, which covers: assessing your plot for soil quality, drainage, sun and shade; where to buy and how to tell if the plant is healthy; when, how and where to plant; specialist advice on how best to train climbers; creative ideas for planting combinations; caring for your plants throughout the year; and increasing your stock with propagation techniques. The book closes with a section on plant problems, comprising of a trouble-shooting flow chart to help identify the problem and a directory of all the pests and diseases you are likely to do battle with.
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