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Practical Bamboos

The 50 Best Plants for Screens, Containers and More

Paul Whittaker


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Practical Bamboos features the 50 best bamboos based on appearance and usefulness. A handy checklist allows readers to pick plants that are right for them at a glance. A section on using bamboo in the garden covers topics such as incorporating bamboos in the mixed border, using them to create Japanese-style or Mediterranean-style gardens, using them for hedges and edging, establishing them in containers, choosing the right ones for difficult places, and selecting the best plants for small gardens or waterside planting.

Praise For Practical Bamboos: The 50 Best Plants for Screens, Containers and More

“Whittaker’s engaging writing style and his personal observations make this book a pleasure to read. . . . Recommended for all gardeners in the applicable zones who are interested in trying these plants.” —Library Journal

“This book provides a great introduction to the subject, but even the expert will find much to entertain and enlighten.” —The Garden

“A great guide for bamboo-lovers, who get 175 pages with photos and glossary. For bamboo-haters, Whittaker outlines three ways to control or eliminate out-of-control bamboo.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“One of the best written, most beautifully illustrated and most useful book for people interested in adding bamboo to their garden. Even die-hard bamboo collectors who think they know it all will find something new and interesting to learn, and they will definitely enjoy the stunning photographs.” —Bamboo and More

Timber Press, 9781604690569, 176pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

About the Author

Paul Whittaker has worked in horticulture for more than thirty years as a nurseryman, landscaper and consultant. With his wife, Diana, he runs a nursery, PW Plants in Norfolk, England, that specializes in ornamental grasses and bamboos. Paul has won many RHS gold medals for his foliage displays at Royal Horticultural Society shows. He also contributes articles to gardening magazines, lectures widely, appears on local radio programs and holds workshops and events at his nursery and garden.