Learn How to Grow Flowering Plants
“Anyone wanting to get started with a flower garden will find plenty of expert guidance here.” ―Publishers Weekly
#1 Best Seller in Annual Flowers Gardening, Bulb Flower Gardening, and Perennial Gardening.
In the mountains of Asheville, NC, Niki Irving’s boutique flower farm grows specially cut, mountain-fresh flowers with sustainable, natural practices. Now, she brings her organic gardening techniques to your home, helping you grow, harvest, and arrange lush, seasonally inspired flowers.
Revel in flowering plants. This beautifully photographed book features simple, and engaging know-how enabling you to grow, harvest, and arrange a cutting garden of flowers. An instructional guide to gardening for beginners or if you’re looking to hone your botanical skills, Growing Flowers teaches everything from caring for a cut flower garden to making simple-yet-gorgeous flower arrangements and botanical bouquets.
An indispensable gardening guide for homebody horticulturists and floral foragers. A flower book with a whimsical twist, Growing Flowers is a go-to reference for those new to herb and flower gardening. Discover flower arranging techniques using blooms, greenery, and even artichokes, vines and berries. Learn about tools of the trade. Get down and dirty with dirt, seasonal rotation, starting from seeds and/or seedlings, and more.
Explanations of soil types and soil preparationsA list of seasonal flowers such as peonies or garden roses for the spring and sunflowers and dahlias for the summer and fallBasic knowledge to create flower bouquets that include things like sprigs of greenery and even attractive weeds
Growing Flowers is a wonderful addition to any collection of garden books. If you’re looking for gardening gifts for gardeners or enjoy flowering plant books and flower books like Floret Farms Cut Flower Garden book, Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers, or The Flower Gardener's Bible, you’ll love Growing Flowers.
Irving, founder of Flourish Farm, debuts with a winning guide to creating a flower garden. "My hope is that this book will save you a few errors of your own," she writes, and welcomes newbies by translating gardening jargon (defining such terms as "hardiness zone" and, among other things, outlining the difference between annuals and perennials) and explaining how to choose an ideal garden spot based on "the path of the sun." Her advice follows a garden's life cycle, from planning, planting, and tending to harvesting, and each chapter begins with a short list of requisite tools. A chapter on "Planning What to Plant," for example, lists measuring tape, flags, and a notebook, and involves learning what flowers thrive in one's climate and keeping a journal to note dates of extreme weather and the number of days to germination. A section on harvesting features step-by-step flower arranging projects, while "Putting the Garden to Bed" is a "bittersweet" endeavor at the beginning of fall that involves removing support nets and stakes, as well as pulling up plants. Irving also covers such gardening basics as weeding ("elbow grease" is recommended over chemicals), irrigating, fertilizing, and composting. Anyone wanting to get started with a flower garden will find plenty of expert guidance here.