Plants: Yucca filamentosa - Adam's needle

Yucca filamentosa - Adam's needle
Adam’s needle is a great plant which looks as if stolen from sandy deserts in Mexico. Truth is that this plant is native to southern parts of the USA, not necessarily the driest. In both Czech and Slovak republic this plant has been slightly overused over the past few decades in either neglected gardens or in gardens with no style. It seems that everyone who had a cottage needed to have one Adam’s needle without thinking too much of how it will look there. This might be a reason why some young gardeners do not think that yucca is worth growing. I believe they are wrong.

Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands

Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands
Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands: Creating abundant and resilient food systems
Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands focuses on low-input and sustainable techniques for growing food in the Pacific. It covers a range of time-tested traditional agroforestry systems, modern agroforestry, local source of soil fertility, pest and disease control, livestock, and getting started with planning and implementation. Eleven authors contributed to this extensive work, which is illustrated by over 350 color photos and drawings.

Breadfruit Production Guide

Breadfruit Production Guide
Breadfruit Production Guide: Recommended practices for growing, harvesting, and handling
Despite increasing consumer demand and an imminent production surge in breadfruit, a number of barriers must be overcome in order to increase the market availability, distribution, and commercial competitiveness of breadfruit.

Plants: Capsicum pubescens - Rocoto

Capsicum pubescens - Rocoto
Synonyms: Brachistus lanceifolius, Capsicum annuum var. violaceum, Capsicum lanceifolium, Capsicum violaceum

Capsicum pubescens is a species of the genus Capsicum (pepper), known as rukutu, ruqutu (Quechua, hispanicized rocoto) and luqutu (Aymara, hispanicized locoto) and in Mexico known as the "Manzano" pepper which means "apple" for its apple-shaped fruit. This species is found primarily in Central and South America, and is known only in cultivation. The species name, pubescens, means hairy, which refers to the hairy leaves of this pepper. The hairiness of the leaves, along with the black seeds, distinguish this species from others. As they reach a relatively advanced age and the roots lignify quickly, sometimes they are called tree chili. Of all the domesticated species of peppers, this is the least widespread and systematically furthest away from all others. It is reproductively isolated from other species of the genus Capsicum. A very notable feature of this species is its ability to withstand cooler temperatures than other cultivated pepper plants, although it cannot withstand frost.

Red Hot Chilli Grower

Red Hot Chilli Grower
Red Hot Chilli Grower: The complete guide to planting, picking and preserving chillies
From "Hungarian Hot Wax" to "Red Savina", and "Scotch Bonnet" to "Elephant's Trunk", chilis come in dozens of shapes, colors and degrees of spiciness - from sweet and succulent to blow-your-head-off hot.

Gardener's Guide to the Pepper

Gardener's Guide to the Pepper
Gardener's Guide to the Pepper: A Guide Book for Planting, Growing and Harvesting Peppers (Gardener's Guide to Growing Your Vegetable Garden) (Volume 11)
Growing peppers fresh in the garden creates a wonderful taste treat for the gardener. Green peppers or hot peppers are not hard to grow. Sweet peppers are tasty fresh, added to salads or cooked dishes. Hot peppers add zest to many recipes and can be dried, pickled or frozen.

Plants: Athyrium filix-femina - lady fern

Athyrium filix-femina - lady fern
Lady fern is an elegant and beautiful fern, one of the most popular. It has bright green fronds of lacy leaves. The plant is clump forming, growing into a dense perennial with profusion of leaves from one centre. If desired, divide in March-April, after frosts, before leaves emerge.

Garden Design Solutions

Garden Design Solutions
Garden Design Solutions: Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
Award-winning garden designer Stephen Woodhams demonstrates how to make the most of any outside space, whether it is a typical urban garden, exposed roof terrace or shady courtyard. Drawing on his many years of experience designing gardens of all sizes in different climates around the world, Stephen shares his expertise and offers clever design solutions for all types of outdoor spaces in a range of styles.

Garden Design Bible

Garden Design Bible
Do you dream of transforming your back garden into a romantic retreat? Would you like to make a modern-day Utopia on your balcony? Is your ideal outdoor space a minimalist design with easy-to-care-for plants or a family garden with room to grow culinary herbs?

Plants: Actaea Racemosa - Black Cohosh

Actaea Racemosa - Black Cohosh
Fairy Candles, Black Cohosh, Bugbane - Actaea Racemosa
This North American native originates from the eastern part of the US. It is no great surprise that is has been honored with the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit as the elongated bottle-brush spires borne on tall stems in late summer make for an unforgettable sight.

Plants: Taxus x media 'Hillii' - yew

Taxus x media 'Hillii' - yew
Yews could be called common shrubs, where common not only means omnipresent but mainly dull. Well, perhaps for someone. We see yew and predominantly its varieties as very useful and attractive features of gardens of almost any size. They vary by size, shape and even foliage colour.

Authentic Japanese Gardens

Authentic Japanese Gardens
This beautifully illustrated book provides an inspirational and practical introduction to the traditions of Japanese Zen gardens, using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, rocks and pebbles. Emphasizing the value of shape in trees and shrubs with the subtlety of color through the varied greens of foliage and moss, Authentic Japanese Gardens explains how western plants and materials can be used to achieve peaceful, contemplative gardens.

Evergreens For Every State

Evergreens For Every State
Evergreens For Every State: How to Select and Grow Them Successfully in Your Locality
The purpose of this book is twofold; it combines the necessary information for the successful growing of evergreens, together with suggestions for their uses in the planting scheme. The book opens with a discussion of the landscape value of these important woody ornamentals in garden-making. This is followed by a chapter on espalier, bonsai, and topiary work.

Plants: Aesculus x mutabilis - hybrid painted buckeye

Aesculus x mutabilis - hybrid painted buckeye
This buckeye is a garden hybrid between aesculus pavia and aesculus sylvatica, both from S.E. USA. It was described already in early 20th century but in Europe it is still little known since another, very similar tree has been popular here for decades = aesculus paviaKoehnei”.