Hydrangeas for American Gardens by Michael A. Dirr

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The sheer number of choices among Hydrangea species, hybrids, and cultivated varieties can be overwhelming even for the most advanced gardeners. How to choose from among the hundreds of mopheads, climbers, lacecaps, and oakleafs, to name just a few? And how to care for hydrangeas in American gardens, when nearly all the books offering advice about them come from England and Europe? Respected plantsman Michael A. Dirr comes to the rescue in this refreshingly forthright and practical guide to these distinctive shrubs and climbers.

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Michael A. Dirr is a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. He is the author of twelve books, including "Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia" and the text and reference book, "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants", and has published more than 300 scientific and popular papers and articles. His teaching, lectures, seminars, garden study tours, and plant introduction programs have contributed enormously to greater horticultural awareness. He has received the highest teaching and gardening awards from the University of Georgia, American Society of Horticultural Science, American Horticultural Society, American Nursery & Landscape Association, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Southern Nursery Association, and Garden Club of America.
Published June 15, 2004 by Timber Press. 240 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Chapters on care and culture, propagation, pests and diseases, potpourri, and breeding offer a wealth of practical insights equally valuable to the casual green thumb and the professional horticulturist, in every region of the country.

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This book should be an important reference for North American landscape gardeners, especially those in plant growing zones 7 like Roanoke-area gardeners, wanting to select and grow hydrangeas.

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Hydrangeas have been a favorite of mine ever since I moved to an old farmhouse in the middle of Baltimore City and saw an old fashioned Mop Head Hydrangea in full, glorious bloom in the back yard.

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