The first book devoted to the subject, Autumn Bulbs covers over 30 genera and hundreds of species and cultivars in depth. Unlike spring-flowering bulbs, which need to settle in over the winter before blooming, autumn bulbs are planted in late summer to early autumn and flower later the same season. New and well-established autumn bulbs are featured, and the genera covered include: Aconite, Allium, Amaryllis, Anenome, Arum, Biarum, Codonopsis, Colchicum, Crinum, Crocus, Cyclamen, Cypella, Eucomis, Galanthus, Gladiolus, Habranthus, Hippeastrum, Leucojum, Lilium, Merendera, Muscari, Narcissus, Nerine, Oxalis, Pinellia, Rhodophiala, Scilla, Schizostylis, Sternbergia, Tigridea, Tropaeolum, Zephyranthes. The range ensures that the reader makes the most of their garden in the later months of the year. Fully illustrated with colour photography, the book covers: Cultivation: for the garden, for pots and frames.
It includes details on siting and using microclimates within the garden in order to extend what can be grown successfully in our changing climate; Propagation techniques; Plant associations to add freshness to the dying days of summer; History of plant introductions - the gardeners, nurseries and plant hunters
Rod Leeds is an experienced writer and horticulturalist. Over the last 25 years he has created a half-acre plantsman's garden which includes a wide range of bulbs. He now lectures and writes on gardening topics, calling on his practical experiences. He is a member of the RHS Joint Rock Garden Committee and is very active in the Alpine Garden Society, where he judges shows and competitions. He is the author of The Plantfinder's Guide to Early Bulbs and Plant Guide: Bulb and the co-author of Propagation. He lives in Sudbury, Suffolk.