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The Color Encyclopedia Of Hostas Hardcover – Apr 15 2004


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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926187
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #848,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This illustrated collection features 750 varieties of hostas: those "exotic, luxuriant-leafed perennials," as HRH The Prince of Wales describes in his preface, that have spread their way into gardens and greenhouses everywhere. Originally cultivated in Japan, the hardy plants form a protruding lily-like bloom among clumps of heart-shaped leaves in a rainbow of hues—from the "Blue Clown" to the "Gold Regal" to the slightly variegated sage and white "Abba Irresistible." In entries organized by color, hosta specialist Grenfell reviews the special needs and features of each, also offering advice on designing beds and containers and combating pests and diseases. Appendices include hardiness zone maps for Europe and North America, suggestions for how to use and where to see hostas, and a glossary. Shadrack’s sumptuous photographs form a bright centerpiece for this comprehensive guide.
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"This well-illustrated encyclopedia contains color photographs of over 750 of the finest hosta varieties. Grenfell's hostas knowledge and Shadrack's striking photographs combine to make this the definitive volume."--M.S.--M.S. Muskiewicz "Choice "

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Format: Hardcover
The best book on Hosta that I have seen. I use it constantly. The layout is excellent and makes it easier to identify specific plants. If you wish to purchase a Hosta with a particular leaf pattern, you can look it up and see if it is worthwhile and the book will tell you if there is another cultivar which is even better. There are lots of photographs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a gardening friend.
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Just when you think that your library couldn't hold enough books on gardening and plants - along comes this wonderfully illustrated volume. Excellent work!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas Sept. 30 2005
By L. Michaelis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for Hosta lovers. I like the way it is organized by color. It also has great info on their growth habit (ie, whether they get to their ultimate size quickly or slowly) and how to site the yellows for maximum color by telling how they form the yellow pigmentation, which is how much chlorophyll they inhibit. I also like how they tell you what hostas are similar. As any hosta afficionado knows,there are many hostas that are similar, so if you can't get the one you want you can try to find a similar one. The pictures are good, but as with any hosta photos it is hard to tell size from a photo alone, so you will have to read the narrative. If there is one hosta book you need, I think this is the best.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Best hosta book around Aug. 10 2005
By KublaiKhan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is really an amazing book--the best of the hosta books I've seen. The copyright date is more recent than some other books, so it includes newer cultivars. The photos are wonderful, too--they capture the beauty, variety and, most importantly, the colors of the plants very well; photos are even provided for some of the more distinctive blooms.

The text at the beginning of the book is also a super resource. In-depth explanations of how hostas are classified/grouped, and defintions of the parts of a hosta plant are provided. For each photo, there is a nice write-up giving all the specifics about the plant.

I would highly recommend this book--well worth the money!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hosta's knowing your July 10 2006
By Brenda Chauvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wow what a book, lots of information on every hosta! Very current names of what is available. Describes growth habit, size of mound, size, shape, color of each adult leaf, size and color of each flower. And lots more. Includes hosta care, planting, dividing, disease and prevention. This will be a valuable guide for years to come. If you are planing on planting hosta's get this encyclopedia first and make the righ choice for your planting site!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Hosta Book Jan. 3 2007
By Richard M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised when this book arrived. It was one book I did not have, and based on the write ups, it looked "ok". I have just about every Hosta book that is available; this one is one of the best. It is different in that it organizes its chapters on Hosta according to color (blue, green, gold, variegated, etc.). This is particularly useful when comparing Hosta to each other, or trying to identify Hosta. The photography is top notch being accurate and well laid out. Definitely a must for anyone serious about Hosta.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hosta encyclopedia Nov. 3 2006
By Loraine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful, informational book! Chapters are sorted by hosta color, with a nice picture and description of each, also listing substitutes if you can't get that particular one, and even has special notes about each one. The index is very helpful, too. While there were a few of my hostas that weren't listed in the book, there are still hundreds and hundreds of others to learn about and drool over!


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