The Plant Lover's Guide to Primulas

A new book on Primulas is always welcome! This one is from Jodie Mitchell and Lynne Lawson of the famous Primula nursery, Barnhaven, and it is a Timber Press book that is part of a series produced in association with Kew. It is called "The Plant Lover's Guide to Primulas". My first impression is that $25 US is a very reasonable price for a large format, hardcover book loaded with color images. The authors have a special love of Primula, one that they share through personal reflections at the beginning of the book. They also give a brief history of their nursery, Barnhaven which started in Oregon, but is now located in France. The sections include Designing Gardens with Primulas and Understanding Primulas (with an emphasis on Auricula) before going into details of 100 Primulas for the Garden. This eclectic selection is an interesting mix of species Primula and cultivars, each with a sumptuous image and a description including where to use it in the garden. If you can get through that section without wanting to obtain some of the plants listed, I'd be surprised - I had immediate plant envy! The next section gives necessary details on how to grow and propagate your Primulas and I especially like the section on dividing which is so necessary when growing named cultivars. The book ends with sources of plants and seed, where to see gardens growing Primula and where to get more information about Primulas. If you wanted a good general book on Primulas, look no further. This is the one to buy!

  • Title: The Plant Lover's Guide to Primulas
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 256 pp.
  • Book dimensions: 8 x 9 in. (230 x 205 mm.)
  • Images: 247 color photos
  • ISBN-10: 1604696451
  • ISBN-13: 9781604696455

  • Disclaimer: Pam Received a free copy of this book in return for use of a few images.

    Pam Eveleigh © 2016


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