By Christopher Grey-Wilson
A thoroughly revised and up-to-date variation of the main finished learn of the genus Cyclamen ever undertaken, this e-book covers species either within the wild and in cultivation, besides analyses of the numerous culrtivars. The ebook is superbly illustrated with two hundred color images in addition to line drawings and maps displaying the distribution of a few of the species within the wild. A bankruptcy is in particular dedicated to the vitally important florists' cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum, in addition to certain notes on cultivation and propagation. Cyclamen became ever extra renowned as backyard crops, and the variety of nurseries focusing on them has elevated. although, in its ordinary habitat, the Mediterranean sector and western Asia, the 22 recognized species of Cyclamen are more and more lower than chance from improvement of assorted varieties. therefore conservation is a tremendous factor within the research of the genus. Cyclamen is a perfect genus for the professional gardener, having adequate species to make a...
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Having flowered, the variegated leaves in hues of green, grey, pewter and silver add interest through the winter months and well into spring. Such borders look fine beneath the dappled shade of old trees such as an oak, pear or apple and require little maintenance save for an annual dressing of bone meal and a generous mulch of leaf mould or bark chippings. Cyclamen hederifolium mixes very well with ferns, the subtle greens of the dissected fronds a gentle foil to the perky blooms in pinks and white.
Graecum, C. libanoticum, C. peloponnesiacum. Group Four: Tender Species (best kept frost-free, although some forms will tolerate slight, short-term frost). C. africanum, C. cyprium, C. persicum, C. rohlfsianum; C. somalense probably also belongs in this group. In temperate gardens all those in Group One can be grown successfully in the open garden given the right conditions, and in the mildest gardens most of those in Group Two can also be tried with varying degrees of success. In fact a series of mild winters in Britain and other parts of western and north-western Europe in recent years has allowed many cyclamen growers to try a greater range of species in the open, even some from Group Three.
2 The hardy Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. hederifolium is the commonest and most widely grown species in gardens. 3 Cyclamen coum (here subsp. coum) is one of the brightest jewels of the winter border and is ideal for naturalising between trees and shrubs and will self-sow once established. 4 Borders can be devoted to cyclamen; mixed colours of C. hederifolium at Rod and Jane Leeds’ garden in Suffolk bejewel the ground in September. 5 The autumn-flowering Cyclamen hederifolium naturalizes perfectly beneath trees, harmonising with ferns and other shade-tolerant plants.