inspiration, selection and practical guidance
Published by Quadrille
Distributed by Southern Publishers Group
Reviewed by Mike Gowing
THERE are a couple of
reminders that this Royal Horticultural Society-endorsed book is
primarily for British consumption. One is the backing for what,
in this country, is a rampant weed, old man's beard (C. vitalba).
The second is the note that "gardeners who fall in love with the
evergreen New Zealand species . may have to be content to keep them
in a cold greenhouse" and that "they look good in pots indoors".
Other than that, this
book is a clematis-lover's bible, fulfilling the cover claim that
it's a source of inspiration, selection and practical guidance.
There are four main sections:
The Clematis Story, tracing the history of the species; Clematis
in the Garden; showing the plant's versatility; Choosing Clematis,
illustrating a host of different varieties; Good Practice, planting,
pruning, training and propagation.
With 200 photographs,
this is a specialist publication that will enjoy wider appeal.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH