Garden Plants for Scotland

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Frances Lincoln, 2008 - Gardening - 240 pages
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Scotland is one of the best places in the world to garden. Its maritime climate, ample rainfall, and the rarity of severe droughts and really hot weather mean that huge numbers of plants grow well there. But the climate varies considerably - from the colder, wetter, windier mountainous areas to the west coast where tender plants can be grown outdoors all year round - and choosing plants that are suited to the local conditions is critical to success. Kenneth Cox and Raoul Curtis-Machin have evaluated the performance of thousands of plants in gardens all over Scotland, drawing on the knowledge and experience of many gardeners and nurserymen, and in this book they describe - with over 800 photographs - the most reliable shrubs, conifers, trees, fruit and perennials for Scotland. In this book Scottish gardeners will find accurate information and hundreds of great plants ideally suited to where they live.

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KENNETH COX is grandson of planthunter, writer and nurseryman Euan Cox and son of Peter Cox VMH. These three were and are considered the world's leading experts on rhododendrons. Himself a nurseryman, Kenneth is the author of numerous books, including The Encyclopedia of Rhododendron Hybrids (with Peter A. Cox), A Plantsman's Guide to Rhododendrons, Cox's Guide to Choosing Rhododendrons (with Peter Cox), The Encyclopedia of Rhododendron Species (with Peter Cox), Rhododendrons: a Hamlyn Care Manual and Rhododendrons and Azaleas. He is managing director of the family firm Glendoick Gardens Ltd near Perth.


Born in Scotland, RAOUL CURTIS-MACHIN developed a passionate interest in gardening from the age of thirteen. With an honours degree in landscape management from Reading University, he became Head Gardener for ICI, then set up his own London-based business, designing gardens for celebrity chefs including Anton Mosimann, rock stars including Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Crown Arab Princes and business tycoons. He has improved gardens and estates throughout Scotland, England, France, the United States and Istanbul in Turkey. He launched The Northern Garden magazine which focused on cooler climate gardening. As Landscape Historian with Historic Scotland, Raoul led the online publication of An Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes In Scotland. While National Trust Gardens advisor he improved more than 30 gardens including Anglesey Abbey, Belton House and Fountains Abbey. He is Head of Horticulture at the Horticultural Trades Association in Theale, Berkshire, and he lives in the county.

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