Stately Angel's Trumpets ('Brugmansia') are spectacular plants, growing like small trees and living for several years, over-wintering outdoors in warm climates, or in your sunroom. Datura, commonly called Thorn Apples, are mostly annuals and are cultivated like summer flowers. The impressive bell-shaped flowers of both varieties - in white, yellow, pink and red - are extraordinarily decorative and highly perfumed. It's no surprise that they are prized by enthusiastic gardeners around the world. This comprehensive guide for gardeners features all you need to know about these flowers: History & Folklore; Latest information on identification and classification; Form and shape of the flowers and plants; Species, hybrids and varieties; Wild species of Thorn Apples; Building a Brugmansia collection; Propagation; Care & cultivation; Over-wintering; Care & cultivation; and Pests & diseases. Lovers of dramatic container plants are already familiar with these marvellous flowers and their intense perfume.
Ulrike and Hans-Georg Preissel have been involved in breeding Brugmansia and Datura for many years, and have a large collection of these fascinating plants. Both authors have studied horticulture in Hanover, Germany, and, since 1984, Hans-Georg Preissel has been the head of the 17th-century Herrenhauser Gardens, where most of the plants featured in this book were photographed.