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Plants for Ground-cover Graham Stuart Thomas

Plants for Ground-cover - Graham Stuart Thomas

London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Top edge of the text block tanned.

3rd impression, first published 1970. Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Tables; Appendices (2);

From the cover: “The purpose of this book is to survey those flowers and shrubs which, though pleasing and ornamental in their effect, can be cultivated by the ordinary weekend gardener. By their habit of growth, ground-cover plants smother weeds and reduce work to the minimum. It is, therefore, an encouraging book for the young who may be creating new gardens, just as it is a solace for the older generation who are possibly finding that their gardens are getting too much for them. It is, nevertheless, a book of authority and so thorough in its method that it has a great deal to offer professionals, whether landscape architects, garden designers, nurserymen or superintendents of parks.

Mr. Thomas advances the ideas of good husbandry in fostering beauty in the garden by means of these attractive plants. He shows how they may be kept in robust health by natural means and without the use of weed killers except at the outset. He sees ground-cover plants as contributing to the fertility of the soil and explains why. He is specific. He names the plants to avoid — some are rampageous, not to say invasive. He includes alphabetical lists with every necessary detail at sight, including height, flowering season, quality of foliage and planting distance. He discusses clump-forming plants safe in any garden; the dwarf ‘social’ shrubs which knit together and create dense, varied cover; the use of prostrate conifers and ferns, standing apart from the vast number of plants listed which produce gay flowers covering all the seasons; the utilisation of space; gardening on split levels. Above all he shows how, by the arrangement of flowers and shrubs in a ‘natural’ way, the greatest satisfaction may be achieved. There is a special chapter devoted to extending the use of ground cover in municipal areas.

As to the lovely illustrations, the author comments, I have chosen photographic illustrations which convey the appearance of a mass of foliage rather than the individual leaf, however beautiful it may be.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. (xxv) 273 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.