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Plants: Agastache foeniculum - Blue Giant Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum - Blue Giant Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop; syn. Agastache anethiodora (Nutt.) Britton), commonly called anise hyssop, blue giant hyssop, Fragrant giant hyssop, or the lavender giant hyssop, is a species of perennial plant in the mint family, (Lamiaceae). This plant is native to much of north-central and northern North America, notably the Great Plains and other prairies, and can be found in areas of Canada. It is tolerant of deer and drought, and also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies making it an attractive selection for gardeners.

Plants: Acer japonicum - Amur maple

Acer japonicum - Amur maple
Acer japonicum, the Amur maple, downy Japanese-maple or fullmoon maple; Japanese: ハウチワカエデ hauchiwakaede) is a species of maple native to Japan, on Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū (Nagasaki Prefecture), and also southern Korea.

Plants: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Aurea' - sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Aurea' - sweetgum
Sweetgums are very popular trees from the USA. Thanks to the 5-lobed leaves they are often mistaken for maples. However, leaves of sweetgum are more star-shaped and usually smaller. The most spectacular show begins in autumn when they turn all sorts of vivid colours. They fall down late, throughout winter and the tree is decorated with fruits, which are small, spiny spheres.

Plants: Liquidambar styraciflua 'Albomarginata' - sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Albomarginata' - sweetgum
Sweet gums are highly ornamental trees or shrubs which have been on top of the popularity list for centuries. These come from North America from where they spread to nearly whole world: from colder parts of temperate regions to southern countries where summer temperatures easily reach 40°C. Their give-away are star-shaped leaves which can easily be mistaken for maple leaves, and their autumn colours.

Green Guide to Herbs of Britain and Europe

Green Guide to Herbs of Britain and Europe
This compact, easy-to-use pocket-size guide is aimed at both the general reader and the amateur naturalist. Presenting 150 of the best known and most commonly used herbs, this book can be used for both home reference and as a companion in the field.

The Rose

The Rose: The History of the World’s Favourite Flower
The Rose: The History of the World’s Favourite Flower in 40 Captivating Roses with Classic Texts and Rare Beautiful Prints
From roses in the ancient world and the Renaissance to Bourbons, Noisettes, Multifloras, and modern varieties, this gorgeous book pays tribute to the world’s most beloved flower.


Protea: A Guide to Cultivated Species and Varieties
The proteas (Proteaceae) are a large and ancient plant family of Gondwana origins with an impressive diversity of flower and form, and an intriguing distribution pattern throughout mainly the Southern Hemisphere. In his spectacular photography, Lewis J. Matthews captures the exceptional beauty and unique characteristics of a broad range of cultivated species and cultivars―some are well known, while others are either new introductions or lesser-known examples that deserve wider cultivation. For inclusion in Protea, Matthews has chosen a comprehensive selection of the best species and varieties, including a large number not previously seen in print. They are certain to inspire readers to grow them in their gardens where climate and soils are suitable.

Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland

Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland
The orchid family is one of the largest plant families in the world. It is at its most diverse in the tropics, where its exotic and colorful flowers are truly breathtaking. Britain and Ireland have just 56 species of wild orchids, some of which are rare or scarce, while others are surprisingly inconspicuous. Yet whether large or small, all orchids share flamboyant flower structures and incredible beauty.

Plants: Fothergilla major - large witch alder

Fothergilla major - large witch alder
Synonyms: Fothergilla latifolia, Fothergilla monticola
This (large) witch alder is a special plant that originates in the USA. It is popular among collectors as well as garden designers who want to incorporate a nice and interesting shrub that is almost maintenance-free into their projects for beautiful gardens.

Latin for Gardeners

Latin for Gardeners
Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored
Since Latin became the standard language for plant naming in the eighteenth century, it has been intrinsically linked with botany. And while mastery of the classical language may not be a prerequisite for tending perennials, all gardeners stand to benefit from learning a bit of Latin and its conventions in the field. Without it, they might buy a Hellebores foetidus and be unprepared for its fetid smell, or a Potentilla reptans with the expectation that it will stand straight as a sentinel rather than creep along the ground.

Plants: Sorbus cashmiriana 'Chinese lace' - Kashmir rowan

Sorbus cashmiriana 'Chinese lace' - Kashmir rowan
Kashmir used to be a principality in the Himalayas known for its extraordinary shawl wool. It was super soft, warm and expensive. Hence, everything connected with the name Kashmir evoked feeling of exotic beauty and high price. Kashmir rowan is a beautiful tree that, luckily, is not an expensive item. Even if it bears name Chinese Lace.

Trees for Gardens

Trees for Gardens
Trees for Gardens, Orchards, and Permaculture
Are you wondering which productive trees to plant in your garden? Or are you planning a forest garden? Perhaps you are planting an orchard but want a greater diversity of useful trees than is typical? Or you’d like to know what unusual fruit trees you can use? The answers to all these questions can be found in master forest gardener Martin Crawford’s new book.