The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide

How to Combine Shape, Color, and Texture to Create the Garden of Your Dreams

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Pub Date 15 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022

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“Full of practical insights, ideas, and inspiration to help you grow the flower-packed garden of your dreams.”—Greg Loades, author of The Modern Cottage Garden
The colors, shapes, and scents of flowers are as ravishing to the senses as to the soul. But it’s all too easy get things wrong: colors that clash, flowers that bloom at the wrong time, plants that fail to thrive. Enter The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide by expert gardener Jenny Rose Carey. She tells you exactly how to get started, how to combine plants for the most spectacular effects, and how to keep your garden going from year to year. Whether you’re interested in dramatic color combinations, how best to use a favorite flower, or how to create a garden for a specific purpose, such as nourishing pollinators, you’ll find the answers in this friendly, information-packed book. As Jenny herself says, “Don’t be afraid—just have a go!”
“Full of practical insights, ideas, and inspiration to help you grow the flower-packed garden of your dreams.”—Greg Loades, author of The Modern Cottage Garden
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Thank you, Timber Press, for the advance review copy.

I love everything about this book. The real pictures inside the book for different flowers got me. I am a bit sceptical about the cover now as the actual content has much more lot to offer and I wish the cover had one of the best pictures from the content.

That's a small issue of course. What matters the most is the information given for each of the flower described. And it is well done with crisp information and neat, at a glance presentation.

This guidebook is definitely the ultimate guide on flowers for your garden if you're planning to get some flowers of different colours to fill it soon.

A great one.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a beautiful book!

The book lists different flowers and has information on planning your garden, caring for it, and organizing all of your flowers to look good. The book lists flowers by their latin names (even though it lists the common names too) so it makes it a little hard to find certain flowers. The photos are beautiful! There's a lot of helpful information on growing healthy flowers.

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Expert gardener, Jenny Rose Carey, has assembled a wealth of knowledge about how to prepare and plant a garden full of beautiful flowers. Her shared expertise shows how to start and prepare one's gardening space, and then how to go about planting one's garden to get the effect one wants. Her knowledge is geared towards beginner and more experience home gardener alike, and any gardener would be lucky to own this book.

I really enjoyed the sections where she discussed how to have a blooming garden all year round and how to structure a garden to get different effects. Another very excellent tool is her compendium of plants, which colours they have, their growing seasons and best growing conditions, with both their botanical name, and also any general name(s). The more I read the book, the more I realised that I will have to add this to my section of gardening books. It was also nice to see her mention plants and flowers I already have in my garden and how I can add and improve on what I'm already doing.

This is a very practical and beautifully photographed guide for any gardener. My only regret is that the ebook edition was a little hard to read - the text and images appeared stretched.. This is most likely to do with pre-published formatting and I'm sure will be fixed.

Thank you to NetGalley and Timber Press for this free eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Love, love, love, love! I read a ton of gardening books and I can be hard to please, but this was just a joy. It's packed with gorgeous photos and tons of information. Different sections give you all you need to know, from what flowers are best for different bloom times to how to prepare your site for flowers to profiles of all kinds of annuals, perennials and bulbs, plus loads more. This is really well named as it is an ultimate guide. Highly recommended.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

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The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide is a well written and beautifully curated book of garden design inspiration by Jenny Rose Carey. Due out 5th July 2022 from Timber Press, it's a comprehensive 364 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

My paternal grandmother was my first, and most ardent, inspiration for a lifelong love of gardening. She was a flower gardener par excellence and just seemed to *know* everything about flower design and cultivation. I've struggled with my own garden design (we all know our gardens will never be "finished"), and this book gets a lot of things perfect. The vibe throughout is competently encouraging and upbuilding. The author's voice is always reassuring and professional, but never condescending or superior. She definitely knows the subject well. There's quite a lot of "showing" and very little "telling" in the book and the chapters are arranged more or less like a one-on-one masterclass with a good teacher. The flower list is comprehensive and something I really liked is that most plant entries also include multiple examples in color to show flower forms, shapes, sizes, and varieties.

The photography throughout is stunning and abundant. Photo captions list particular cultivars with botanical (Latin) and common names. The author has also included a fairly comprehensive links and resources list for further reading. There are numerous specialty retailers as well as lots of fun links for further reading. The index is cross referenced and comprehensive.

Five stars. This book would make a superlative selection for library acquisition, home gardeners, smallholders/truck farmers, gardening groups, allotment gardeners, and other lifestyle readers. This is a passionately written, eminently reasonable, usable guide for garden design using blooming plants as a focus.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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Lots of great pictures of all types of flowers make this book stand out. Filled with flower gardening information.

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This book is a feast for eyes as there's plenty of gorgeous photos of flowers and a very important guide for gardeners as it explains how to combine different flowers according to colours, texture, and season.
I loved it as it fascinating and informative, one of those book that makes you dream and project a perfect garden.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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This is a great book for the beginning flower gardener and designer, but also for an experienced gardener hoping to change things up a bit. It goes over topics like color theory and infloresence in a very accessible way. The calendar and design tips are very helpful, as are the inclusion of pollinator friendly flowers.

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This is a wonderful read on flowers for gardeners, especially someone who is starting out. We're just starting our garden and we needed to learn about potentially what flowers would be appropriate for pollinators in our area that are natural here and this helped us understand a bit more about flowers we'd be planting and choosing - as well as how hardy or easy they might be or vice versa! Would recommend. Full review to come on my Goodreads page.

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