Hydrangeas: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden

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A favorite indoor-outdoor flower adorns the summer in colorful bursts of petals.

Perhaps the most abundantly blooming plant, hydrangeas have captivated gardeners and cultivators alike with their old-fashioned charm and tantalizing colors. From late spring to early autumn, they burst from the ends of stems in natural bouquets of vibrant pink, stunning white, lavender, rose, and blue. With over 75 species and 600 named cultivars that range over the world, the variety makes them perfect for any occasion.

Georgianna Lane's entrancing photography showcase the varieties of nature's firework flower, such as the intensely colored Alpenglühen and the airy Lanarth White, while Naomi Slade imparts her gardening expertise for the fullest bloom of this rewarding flower. Readers will discover the wide array that hydrangeas have to offer, and why these bountiful blossoms are becoming increasingly popular as houseplants and gifts.

 "After a succinct review of hydrangea history - including how its name refers to buds looking like ancient Greek water vessels - Slade turns to cultivation, design and cut-flower options. The colorful bulk of her book features an amazing, full-spectrum assemblage of gorgeous cultivars, each given a pertinent-data page companioned with a brilliant, enticing full-page photograph by Georgianna Lane."--William Scheick "Texas Gardener Magazine"

"This book is a beautiful gift. Even better, if you give someone the gift of a hydrangea this year. Consider including Naomi's beautiful book as part of the present."--Jennifer Ebeling "The Daily Gardener" 

"While every page is a must-see, you won't want to miss the hidden gems located in the last chapter of the book. Whether you're interested in buying and planting hydrangeas or feeding and pruning your shrub, this chapter is full of important insight. Charming both indoors and out, hydrangeas serve as a stunning showcase, and this book ensures you can enjoy their beauty year-round."--Holly Seng "The Cottage Journal" 

"Georgianna Lane's photographs capture [the hydrangea's] heavenly hues, from snowy white to a glorious spectrum of pinks and blues. Sections on growing and care make this a practical guide."-- "House & Garden

Naomi Slade is a well-known journalist and photographer specializing in gardening, environment, and lifestyle. A biologist by training, naturalist by inclination, and with a lifelong love of plants, she contributes regularly to a range of British publications including The English Garden and House and Garden, and appears on TV and radio.

Georgianna Lane is a leading floral, garden and travel photographer whose work has been widely published. Her work has featured in BBC Gardens Illustrated, Gardener's World, Romantic Homes and Victoria. Visit her blog at georgiannalane.com, which chronicles her styled floral photo shoots and more.

Gibbs Smith

Pub Date: May 26, 2020

0.9" H x 9.8" L x 7.5" W

240 pages