Photographs by Pat Greenfield
THIS is the third instalment
in the new Bateman's Woody Plant series, and follows Trees and
Shrubs for Foliage and Trees and Shrubs for Fragrance.
Written by Taranaki horticulturist
Glyn Church, who gained a Master of Horticulture at the Chelsea
Physic Garden in central London before setting up Woodleigh Nursery
just out of New Plymouth, Trees and Shrubs for Flowers is
an authoritative and user-friendly guide to tree selection.
More than 100 genera
are featured in detail, with helpful cultivation requirements, pest
and disease control pointers, height and width characteristics and
intriguing explanations for each plant's scientific name. For example,
our native pohutukawa, Metrosideros excelsa, comes from
Metro, meaning heartwood, and sideros, or iron
- a reference to its hard and heavy timber. Excelsa simply
means beautiful - and in full flower, no one could argue with that
in botanical alphabetical order, this is a great source of inspiration
if you want a flowering tree, but you're not sure which type you
want. However, it would have been improved by the inclusion of specific
categories - spring flowering trees, for example, or ideal flowering
trees for small gardens - for easier reference.
It's a minor grumble,
mind you, because unlike many similar reference books, each tree
or shrub listed is accompanied by large, clear photographs, so you
can simply flick through the pages to pick your favourites.
Gardener, Issue 107, October 3-16, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH