Water is a soothing and delightful addition to any garden, and water featuresstreams, waterfalls, and bog gardenscontinue to be popular design elements in the modern garden. And now, gardeners finally have a practical and handy place to turn for information about water garden plants. In the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Water Garden Plants, gardening gurus Greg and Sue Speichert provide information on a full range of plants that can be used in ponds and wet soils, from the widely popular waterlilies and lotuses to the often-overlooked submerged, floating, and bog plants. The newest edition in the popular pocket guide series focuses on 300 of the best plants for use in large and small water gardens. Each description includes detailed information on choosing, planting, and caring for plants. Notes on cultivation address the question of how much water each plant needs to grow and provide information on cold tolerance and how to overwinter plants. Suggestions for use in the landscape offer design ideas for gardeners of all levels.
Gives information on all aspects of water gardening. ... Authors Greg and Sue Speichert have provided a valuable resource in a 212-page book. -- Robert Haehle South Florida Sun-Sentinel 20081107 Takes the best 450 plants from the Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants and covers them with 300 color photos. It provides the practical information on how to grow the plants in ponds, containers or rain gardens. Every gardener with a container, pond or even just a wet spot in the yard ought to own. -- Jeff Rugg Creators Syndicate 20081112 The definitive guide to water plants for serious gardeners who don't want a giant encyclopedia. -- Mary Jane Smetanka Minneapolis Star Tribune 20090715
Greg Speichert is known for his water gardening expertise. He and his wife Sue previously owned and operated a groundbreaking nursery in Indiana popularizing water garden plants, and together they wrote Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants (Timber Press). An avid plant breeder, Greg holds a degree in horticulture from Purdue University and has introduced over 300 new hardy and tropical marginals and over 100 new native water plants to the water gardening industry. He maintains the largest collection of hardy waterlilies in the United States, with over 300 cultivars represented. Greg lectures frequently on water gardening, perennials, and tropical plants for the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, the Perennial Plant Association, and the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society, and more. Greg is now director of Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, a program of Indiana University in Bloomington. In his free time Greg enjoys cooking and entertaining, rescuing silky terriers, and bonsai. Sue Speichert is a founder of Water Gardening Magazine, and the American Water Garden Society. She writes frequently on water gardening for Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and Pondkeeper. She is the co-owner of Crystal Palace Perennials, a groundbreaking nursery that helped popularize water garden plants. The nursery is now dedicated to developing and introducing new plant varieties for the wholesale industry. Sue Speichert is editor of Water Gardening.