This is a book for both home gardeners through to professional horticulturists; nurserymen, seedsmen, garden managers, landscapers or cut flower growers.
Written by John Mason and staff, Growing and Knowing Annuals is 141 pages packed full of beautiful colour pictures.
The first part of the book deals with how to grow annuals. Most of the book however looks at different annuals and how they are grown;presenting information systematically under different headings, in a format such as the following:
Common Name: Stock, Ten-week Stock, Gillyflower, Night-scented Stock.
Origin: Europe,North Africa, Central South <st1:place w:st="on">Western Asia
Appearance: Simple or lobed leaves, 4-petalled flowers in dense racemes and highly scented. Wide range of colours.
Culture: Moist,well-drained soil, pH neutral or slightly alkaline. Large double-flowered cultivars may need staking. Full sun but will tolerate part shade.
Propagation: Seed sown in gentle heat in spring. Sow seeds in situ for Night-scented Stock, in trays for others. Prick out when sturdy seedling.
Health: Usua lBrassica problems – club root and downy mildew. Aphids, flea beetles and cabbage root fly all possible.
Uses: Cut flowers, borders and beds, cottage/informal gardens. Good bee plant.
Cultivars/Species: Around 55species including M. incana, M.fruticulosa, M. longipetala subsp. Bicornis (Night-scented stock). Cultivars: ‘Mammoth Column’, ‘Apple Blossom’,‘Cinderella’ series, ‘The Seven Dwarfs’, and many more.
Chapter 1- How to Grow Colourful Annuals
Reasons to use annuals
Examples of annual plants
Some possible problems of growing annuals
Understanding a plant’s life cycle
Optimum conditions means faster flowering
Creating a magnificent flower garden
Flower bed design
Chapter 2- What to Grow Where
Selecting annuals of different heights
Annual vegetables and herbs for display
Growing annuals in containers
Chapter 3- Encyclopaedia of Annuals
Coleus (see Solenostemon)
Cockscombe (see Celosia)
Marigold (see Tagetes)
Poppy (see Papaver)
Sweet pea (see Lathyrus)