Alpines from Mountain to Garden
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- Author: Richard Wilford
- 260pp. 280 x 238mm. 31 colour paintings; 300+ colour photos. 8 maps. Hardback
- Kew Publishing, 2010
There are many different ways to grow an alpine plant and much will depend on the habitat and climate of a particular species’ natural home. Alpines, from Mountain to Garden takes a refreshing new perspective on these irresistible mountain dwellers by looking at their discovery and introduction into cultivation, the regions of the world they come from and how this needs to be taken into account when you plant them in your garden.
Nine chapters cover the most important alpine regions – including United States and Canada, South America, Japan, China and the Himalayas, Australia and New Zealand, Europe and Africa. Each chapter considers what plants grow in each region, from high altitudes in lowland conditions, to drainage, climate, light levels, temperature and precipitation.
Over 300 plants are described and beautifully illustrated. Additional chapters cover growing, conservation and the impact of indiscriminate collecting on many species now on the verge of extinction.