Choosing Your Clematis

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John Howells

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Garden Art Press
Territory: World
Size: 240 mm x 165 mm
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 100 colour

RRP £12.95

  • Easy to follow descriptions and illustrations
  • Lists of the best clematis provided

If you want to grow clematis but do not know which, then this is the book for you.

The author brings clarity to the subject. Gardeners are bewildered with the choice of over 1,000 clematis in the 'Plantfinder'. How can the gardener know the characteristics, growing requirements, attractions, faults and flowering time of so many?

Some years ago the author devised a straightforward classification of clematis by dividing them into twelve groups, a system which is now universally followed. The main part of the book considers all the twelve groups in order of flowering. Each group has an unmistakable description with unambiguous illustrations. A number of easy to grow clematis in each group are described and illustrated. Understandable but brief directions are given for the cultivation of each group.

A knowledge of just twelve clematis, one from each group, gives the key to knowing all 1,000. With this key the gardener can quickly choose what appeals and what suits the chosen planting area. There is also guidance on how to buy clematis and how to develop a clematis collection. Lists of the best clematis are provided.

As a medical man, the author has studied and researched clematis wilt. The cause is now clear, as are measures to avoid wilt. The book ends with an unambiguous guide to pronouncing clematis terms.

Dr John Howells is past Chairman of the British Clematis Society and past-Editor of its journal The Clematis. As an international medicalauthority he has used this channel to acquaint himself with horticulturaland botanical institutions world-wide. He has produced over 30 books on scientific subjects, has written many articles for learned journals and has made a considerable contribution to international scientific literature.

He cultivates his own garden on a windy, hill-top site in East Anglia. As an amateur, specialist grower, he has encountered all the problems of growing these plants and speaks from his own practical experience. He is a gardener who speaks to gardeners.