By Diana Wells
Illustrations via Ippy Patterson. From child Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, each flower tells a narrative. Gardening author Diana Wells understands all of them. right here she offers 100 famous backyard favorites and the not-so-well-known tales in the back of their names. no longer for gardeners simply, this can be a ebook for someone not only within the blossoms, yet within the roots, too.
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As well as holding moisture, the organic matter breaks down in the soil, releasing nutrients and helping to stick the soil particles together, improving its overall structure. Initially, dig the organic matter into the soil, but once an area has been planted, you can subsequently apply it every year as a surface mulch. Lightening heavy soil Heavy clay soils contain plenty of nutrients but often hold too much moisture, resulting in waterlogging in wet weather. Few plants relish permanently wet feet, and grasses in particular can rot in such conditions.
Food sources Almost all the world’s most important crop plants are grasses, including rice, wheat, barley, oats, and rye. The grass family could be seen as the foundation of human society—it formed the basis of settled farming, including the establishment of pastures for raising animals. Varied form and color There are relatively few grasses with real ornamental qualities, given the size of the family. However, those that are decorative offer a wealth of colors, shapes, and sizes. Not all are green: Ethiopian fountain grass (Pennisetum villosum) produces beautiful white “foxtail” flowers.
Vulgare ‘Purpureum’. This planting works equally well in full sun or partial shade.
100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells