The first complete classification for the genus, this labor of love reflects the author's long fascination with hostas. All hostas known at the time of writing are detailed, including practical information on growing.
This book is only available through print on demand. All interior art is black and white.
W. George Schmid studied botany, horticulture, and landscape architecture at the University of Munich. An avid gardener of shade plants, he is author of The Genus Hosta and the award-winning An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials. George gardens at Hosta Hill in northern Georgia.
“Beautified by finely rendered botanical illustrations. Avid gardeners who simply love peonies and professionals horticulturists wishing to expand their expertise will be equally enticed by the scope of the information catalogued here.” —Booklist
“Paintings and line drawings of the plants, including the foliage details, which are important for identification in this genus, are the heart of the book.” —American Reference Books Annual
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“Josef Halda is a botanist who has traveled to see every known peony species and subspecies in the wild. He documents 25 species in this book, including forty subspecies and varieties. It is an especially helpful resource for those gardeners who wish to grown uncommon as well as common varieties.” —National Gardener
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