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Complete Hydrangeas


"Hydrangeas have so many winning attributes, it's hard to imagine an easier group of plants to grow, or any other flowering shrubs capable of providing vibrant color for so long a season"
-from the Introduction

The large number of hydrangea cultivars developed in recent years has done much to increase their popularity across North America. Gardeners in colder regions, who could not grow these brilliant bloomers, now have many choices available. Today there are new super-hardy, dwarf and compact varieties; new colors; and new forms of these satisfying plants.

Glyn Church celebrates these developments in this comprehensive guide. Illustrated with lush color photographs on every page, Complete Hydrangeas features:

  • More than 230 recommended clones, cultivars and related plants
  • The latest developments in hybridization
  • Planting, pruning, pests and propagation
  • Choosing the best plant for the location
  • Special advice on growing red, pink and blue blooms
  • Using hydrangeas in garden design
  • Companion plantings
  • Growing in containers
  • Caring for cut blooms, and enjoying hydrangeas in the home.

The author's advice, guidance and enthusiasm will have readers enjoying these show-stopping blooms in their own gardens.

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About the Author

Glyn Church studied at Pershore College of Horticulture and the famous Chelsea Physic Garden in London. He now operates Woodleigh Nursery in New Zealand, where he grows an extensive range of hydrangeas.


Church sings [hydrangeas'] praises in this very complete guide to the genus.... gorgeous full color photographs.... informative. An outstanding, practical book for gardeners. Generous use of colour photos ... Detailed information on such key topics as the flower colour of big-leaf hydrangeas.--Helen Chesnut"The Times-Colonist (Victoria)" (05/01/2007) I became caught up in the [book's] celebratory nature... [the author] emphasizes the many charms and virtues of the hydrangea.--Helen Chesnut"Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC)" (06/30/2007) Comprehensive ... shows hydrangeas can be everything from formal shrubs in a courtyard to visually stunning in a border. Church's enthusiasm, expertise, and straightforward writing make this beautiful book filled with color photographs a fine acquisition for gardening sections in public and academic libraries.--Julienne L. Wood"American Reference Books Annual 2008" (01/01/2008) This book is well-written, a real pleasure to read and chock-full of information.--Ian Munk"Sudbury Star" (05/08/2007) Generous use of colour photos gives readers a good sense of the many different faces and forms hydrangeas can bring to a garden.... Detailed information on such key topics as the flower colour of big-leaf hydrangeas.--Helen Chesnut"The Times-Colonist (Victoria)" (05/01/2007) I became caught up in the celebratory nature of the [book's] text and photos. Throughout, author Glyn Church emphasizes the many charms and virtues of the hydrangea -- its easy-growing nature, the long-lasting colour of its big, dramatic bloom clusters, its many landscape uses in container and open gardens.--Helen Chesnut"Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC)" (06/30/2007) [Church's] love affair with hydrangeas makes reading this book a joy no matter where you garden.--Marianne Binetti"Seattle-Post Intelligencer" (10/06/2007) A comprehensive guide that makes easy work of selecting the right hydrangeas for your garden.--Jessica Damiano"Newsday" (08/23/2007) Will charm every hydrangea lover ... easy to read ... vibrant and fascinating.... The listing of species and cultivars is overwhelming.--Brenda Ruzycki"Edmonton Sun" (07/29/2007) Anyone who ends up growing some of these stunning beauties will be eternally grateful for this book.--Deborah Donovan"Arlington Heights Daily Herald (IL)" (11/25/2007) The 180 photos of lush flowering growth will make a Toronto gardener groan with envy.--Mary Fran McQuade"Beach Metro Community News" (12/18/2007) I treasure Complete Hydrangeas because of my own love for these blowsy beauties.... The 180 [colour] photos of lush flowering growth will make Canadians groan with envy.--Mary Fran McQuade"Vaughan Today" (12/12/2008)

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