Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples
Ulrike and Hans-Georg
their spectacular hanging flowers, Brugmansias and Datura - or Angel's
Trumpets and Thorn Apples, as they are also known - are amazing
plants for frost-free gardens or sunny conservatories.
This book, by two German
experts, is the first comprehensive growing guide published in English.
It relates their fascinating history and folklore (Brugmansias are
still used for medicinal purposes by many South American Indian
tribes), shows how to propagate them from cuttings, pots, which
diseases and pests can cause nasty problems and how to care for
plants confined to life in large or small containers.
There are more than 100
photographs of the many different varieties grown by enthusiastic
gardeners around the world.
Brugmansia and Datura
is a good read, even if you've never grown them before. Perhaps
it would make a good gift for gardeners with a taste for the unusual.
Gardener, Issue 88, December 13-27, 2001, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH