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Best Flower Gardening Books

Best Flower Gardening Books

Today is 2/14/2021! Valentine’s day… Woohoo! Well, today I am sharing with you the best flower gardening books.

This will be a comprehensive and detailed list of the top-rated flower gardening books.

Our team has done thorough research and compiled this colorful list. Additionally, the book blurbs will be availed plus more news on flowers.

For this reason, make sure you read through the complete list. And yes, don’t leave before you buy a book or two.

Flowers come in various colors and three categories: focal, filler, and greenery.

The colors include but are not limited to: white, purple, pink, blue among others.

Flowers are given and elaborate a sign of symbolism in many cultures. Other flowers have various symbolic and medicinal values as well.

This list is not in any certain order. But, these are the most read flower garden books in the world.

I do hope that you will enjoy our list of the best flower gardening books.

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Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms 

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden - Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
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Cut Flower Garden is an instructional and inspirational book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season.

It is a beautiful guide that shares so much on how to grow, harvest, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round.

As a reader, you will come across vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use the blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. 

This great book caters to all levels of gardeners. You will learn;

  • Tips for growing a variety of spaces and flowers
  • Growing different flowers in different climates
  • Step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands
  • Airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every season

This book can be a great gift to flower lovers, farmers, and enthusiasts…

Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms

Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias - A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms
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This great book is designed for those who love flowers, including flower lovers, avid and novice gardeners, floral designers, florists, small farmers, stylists, and designers.

In this book, the author – Erin Benzakein reveals all the secrets to growing, cultivating, and arranging gorgeous dahlias.

Additionally, these flowers come in a range of colors, forms, sizes, and varieties and is one of the most loved flower variety.

In these pages, readers will discover:

  • Expert advice for planting, harvesting, and arranging garden-fresh dahlias
  • A simple-to-follow overview of the dahlia classification system
  • An A–Z guide with photos and descriptions of more than 350 varieties
  • Step-by-step how-to’s for designing show-stopping dahlia bouquets that elevate any occasion

This book is a beautiful present for Mother’s Day and a thoughtful gift for nature lovers, flower enthusiasts, and gardeners.

Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements for Every Season

Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers - Designing Gorgeous Arrangements for Every Season
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This is another great addition to our Best Flower Gardening Books list.

You will learn how to buy, style, and present seasonal flower arrangements for every occasion inside this book.

With sections on tools, flower care, and design techniques, Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers presents all the secrets to arranging garden-fresh bouquets.

This book is a gorgeous and comprehensive guide to everything you need to make your own incredible arrangements all year long.

Including, harvesting flowers from the backyard or shopping for blooms at the market. You will learn:

  • An A–Z flower guide with photos and care tips for more than 200 varieties
  • Simple-to-follow advice on flower care, material selection, and essential design techniques
  • More than 25 how-to projects, including magnificent centerpieces, infinitely giftable posies, festive wreaths, and breathtaking bridal bouquets

This is a great book to have in your books collection and a gift to a close friend as well.

Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers

Floriography - An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers
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Floriography is a full-color guide to the historical uses and secret meanings behind an impressive array of flowers and herbs.

The book explores the coded significances associated with various blooms, from flowers for a lover to flowers for an enemy.

The language of flowers was historically used as a means of secret communication during the 19th century.

This especially in Victorian England and the U.S., when proper etiquette discouraged open displays of emotion.

Researched and illustrated by popular artist Jessica Roux, this book makes a stunning display piece, conversation-starter, or thoughtful gift.

Peonies: Beautiful varieties for home and garden

Best Flower Gardening Books: Peonies - Beautiful varieties for home and garden
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Peonies’ popularity went beyond bridal bouquets in 2016. Their gramming power was so huge that they were crowned as “the new Avocado”

Well, Peonies have always been a favorite with gardeners and cut-flower fans alike though this has changed and the flower now is loved by so many people.

First outlining the history of the peony, Peonies is then split into chapters Pure, Dramatic, Romantic, and Fragrant, and includes over 50 beautiful varieties as well as detailing when they bloom, their size, and, of course, what they’ll look like.

A great book worth your time.

The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story

The Best Flower Gardening Books: The Posy Book Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story
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This book is inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers. The author Teresa Sabankaya, tells it all.

Combining flowers to form a Posy (a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message) this is one book that you should have a look at.

You could combine – dahlias for gratitude, thymes for bravery, sunflowers for adoration, and much more.

Brides want them for their weddings as do other forms of celebrations need them for their specific functions.

In The Posy Book, Sabankaya shares step-by-step instructions, floral recipes for more than 20 posies, and ideas for seasonal variations.

A modern floral dictionary, with 12 original paintings by celebrated illustrator Maryjo Koch, will help readers craft their own posies filled with personal meaning.

A posy is a lovely gift any time of year and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist.

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

Best Flower Gardening Books: The Orchid Thief - A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
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The Orchid Thief is Susan Orlean’s tale of an amazing obsession.

Determined to clone an endangered flower—the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii—the author goes to great lengths to achieve this.

She meets a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche who leads her on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture.

They go through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him.

In the end, Orlean—and the reader—will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.

If you love orchids, this is one book that you should pick up and read. It will mesmerize you.

The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, Revised and Expanded

The Flower Farmer - An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, Revised and Expanded
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A detailed and comprehensive book that will guide you on how to grow flowers organically.

In addition, you will learn how to raise and sell cut flowers. With great illustrations and images, this is quite a good flower gardening book.

Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free

Best Flower Gardening Books: Propagating Plants - How to Create New Plants for Free
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Are you interested in growing your own plants from scratch? This reference book will teach you how to propagate virtually every type of plant.

If you’re a thrifty gardener who wants more plants for free, then this book is perfect for you!

From fruit trees and ornamental shrubs to exotic orchids and succulents, get all the info you’ll need to propagate plants at your fingertips.

Discover the experts’ secrets to perfecting plant propagation with this easy-to-follow gardening manual.

A horticulturist’s delight, this new edition features more than 1,800 detailed illustrations and photos that show both practical step-by-step gardening techniques and the plants themselves.

The Complete Gardener: A practical imaginative guide to every aspect of gardening

The Complete Gardener -  A practical imaginative guide to every aspect of gardening
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Combining practical advice with stunning photography, The Complete Gardener shows gardeners how to create a self-sustainable, environmentally friendly garden for the 21st century.

This by making the most of the available natural resources to grow organic fruits and vegetables, as well as beautiful plants and flowers.

Monty Don’s personal chronicle of a year in his garden, including both successes and failures, shows how an organic lifestyle can be adopted by anyone, and organic gardening can be practiced in a yard of any size.

Hydrangeas: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden

Best Flower Gardening Books: Hydrangeas - Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden
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Perhaps the most abundantly blooming plant, hydrangeas have captivated gardeners and cultivators alike with their old-fashioned charm and tantalizing colors.

From late spring to early autumn, they burst from the ends of stems in natural bouquets of vibrant pink, stunning white, lavender, rose, and blue.

With over 75 species and 600 named cultivars that range over the world, the variety makes them perfect for any occasion.

Georgianna Lane’s entrancing photography showcases the varieties of nature’s firework flower, such as the intensely colored Alpengluhen and the airy Lanarth White.

Naomi Slade imparts her gardening expertise for the fullest bloom of this rewarding flower.

Readers will discover the wide array that hydrangeas have to offer, and why these bountiful blossoms are becoming increasingly popular as houseplants and gifts.

Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy long-blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques

Cool Flowers - How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques
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Everyone longs for fragrant spring blossoms – Snapdragons, Bells of Ireland, Sweet Peas, Sweet Williams, and other beauties.

But few grow them successfully in their own gardens because they haven’t learned the simple techniques that make it possible.

Expert flower grower Lisa Mason Zeigler introduces us to the long-blooming stars of the spring garden, the hardy annuals – those flowers that thrive when they are planted during cool conditions (instead of waiting until the warmth of spring). 

Forget Some-Like-It-Hot, she advises, and give them a cool start.

Plant them in the right spot at the right time, nestle their roots deep into rich organic soil, and stand back.

In no time at all, you’ll have a low-maintenance, vibrant spring flower garden that keeps on blooming when other annuals are dead and gone.

Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom

Best Flower Gardening Books: Flower -Exploring the World in Bloom
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A comprehensive and sumptuous survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture.

This book takes a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history.

With 316 color illustrations showcasing the diversity of blooms from all over the world, Flower spans a wide range of styles and media — from art, botanical illustrations, and sculptures to floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles — and follows a visually stunning sequence with works, regardless of period, thoughtfully paired to allow interesting and revealing juxtapositions between them.

Featuring large-scale images and accessible texts, Flower offers a comprehensive introduction to the subject alongside surprising examples for specialists.

Flower Color Guide

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The ultimate color-by-color flower reference guide – from New York’s pre-eminent floral designers, Putnam and Putnam.

Planning a wedding, a dinner, a birthday party, a romantic evening, holiday entertaining, or just arranging flowers for the pleasure of having them, more often than not your creative process begins with thinking about the color of the flowers that you want.

To help you find what you are looking for, Flower Color Guide is the first reference book to organize flower types by color, with an emphasis on seasonality and creative color schemes – and the results are stunning in their sheer variety.

What Pantone is to color, Flower Color Guide is to flowers.

Showcasing 400 flowers at their peak, with stunning photography taken by Putnam & Putnam in their Brooklyn studio, this guide includes an appendix featuring perforated pages.

You will also get tips on flower care, notes on how to prepare vessels, and a list of suggested color schemes inside this amazing book.

Michael and Darroch Putnam have built a reputation for romantic, dramatic floral arrangements and installations using color as their guiding principle – here, they share their knowledge with readers worldwide:

“This is the book we wished we had when we started doing flowers.”

A great gift to give, or to have for oneself, the book speaks to the most seasoned flower enthusiasts as well as those just beginning to explore the possibilities of arranging flowers.

In Bloom: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Lush Florals

In Bloom - A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Lush Florals
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From the author of adult-coloring sensations:

  • Botanical Wonderland,
  • Desert Wonderland, as well as the bestselling 
  • Color Workshop

Rachel Reinert comes with a stunning guide to drawing a garden full of flowers.

She is the perfect artist to explain the intricacies of drawing flowers.

With the straightforward, step-by-step instructions that are the hallmark of her teaching style, In Bloom covers more than 30 flowers from around the world.

This including but is not limited to the beloved tulips, roses, violets, and tiger lilies to the more exotic proteas, kangaroo paws, and birds of paradise.

Featuring matte paper stock and instructions on coloring your drawings, this is an exceptionally beautiful book with a decidedly modern feel.

Color Me Floral: Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season

Color Me Floral -Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season
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Learn the secrets to designing show-stopping monochromatic arrangements in this spectacular guide from floral artist Kiana Underwood of Tulipina.

In this stunning book, Underwood shares her techniques for creating dazzling single-color displays using inspired ingredients, dramatic textures, and vibrant colors.

Organized by season, the book includes how-tos for 40 arrangements, including:

  • A lush green display for spring
  • An astonishing black bouquet for summer
  • A striking magenta design for fall
  • An unexpected, oh-so-pretty pink arrangement for winter

Featuring hundreds of eye-catching images and easy-to-follow tips throughout, such as suggestions for substituting flowers and options for both the beginner and advanced designer – this book is as useful as it is gorgeous.

The ultimate resource, Color Me Floral has an extraordinary arrangement to enhance every occasion.

Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants

Houseplants - The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants
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What’s the best way to nurture your green thumb when you don’t have a yard or space? 

Houseplants! This is your guide to raising the best, healthiest, and happiest potted plants nature has ever seen.

When you want to raise plants but just don’t have space, then it’s time to turn to this magnificent book.

The houseplants book is the definitive guide to the millions of varieties that houseplants come in, and the different levels of maintenance, care, and know-how they all require. 

Now is your chance to dive into this pleasant, no-yard-required hobby without the questions of which potting mix to try, what the right level of light you’ll need, or how to shift your plants as seasons change. 

Houseplant’s profile has more than 150 different plants and gives you the best techniques to raise them to be happy, green, and healthy.

And as you watch them grow, you can stimulate your inner botanist with the included information on each plant’s Latin family, varieties, bloom period, mature height, and other scientific specs.

Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
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An updated edition of the best-selling highly illustrated garden plant reference, featuring more than 8,000 plants and 4,000 photographs.

Choose the right plants for your garden and find all the inspiration and guidance you need with the Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers.

Drawing on expert advice from the RHS, this best-selling book features a photographic catalog of more than 4,000 plants and flowers, all organized by color, size, and type, to help you select the right varieties for your outdoor space.

Discover perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and trees, succulents, and ornamental shrubs, all showcased in beautiful, full-color photography.

Browse this photographic catalog to find at-a-glance plant choice inspiration.

Or use the extensive plant dictionary to lookup more than 8,000 plant varieties and the best growing conditions.

This new edition features the latest and most popular cultivars, with more than 1,380 new plants added, as well as updated photography, comprehensive hardiness ratings, and a brand-new introduction.

Fully comprehensive yet easy to use, the Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers is the inspirational, informative guide every gardener needs on their bookshelf.

Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty

Vegetables Love Flowers - Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty
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Fight garden pests and increase your yields the natural way with this tried and true technique!

Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden, but there’s more to the method than you might think. 

Vegetables Love Flowers will walk you through the ins and outs of companion planting, from how it works to which plants go together and how to grow the best garden for your climate. 

With the right information and some careful planning, you can help your plants thrive–and beautify your garden in the process. 

The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History

The Complete Language of Flowers - A Definitive and Illustrated History
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The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species.

Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower’s name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.

For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples alike.

Extremely popular during the Victorian era, this floriography flourished and versed the public on the hidden meaning of popular flowers like peonies (bashfulness) and tulips (passion).

Coupled with stunning full-color illustrations, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts.

Whether you’re looking to arrange the perfectly bespoken wedding bouquet or to understand what the yellow rose you just received from an admirer means (friendship), this updated floriography is a visual delight. 

Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Gardentopia - Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
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Any backyard has the potential to refresh and inspire if you know what to do.

Jan Johnsen’s book, Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, will delight all garden lovers with over 130 lushly illustrated landscape design and planting suggestions.

Ms. Johnsen is an admired designer and popular speaker whose hands-on approach to “co-creating with nature” will have you saying, “I can do that!’

This info-packed, sumptuous book offers individual tips for enhancing any size landscape using ‘real world’ solutions.

The suggestions are grouped into five categories that include Garden Design and Artful Accents, Walls, Patios, and Steps and Plants and Planting, among others.

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a landscaping novice, Gardentopia will inspire you with tips such as ‘Soften a Corner”, “Paint it Black”, and “Hide and Reveal”. 

Crepe Paper Flowers: The Beginner’s Guide to Making and Arranging Beautiful Blooms

Crepe Paper Flowers - The Beginner's Guide to Making and Arranging Beautiful Blooms
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Crepe paper is the best material for creating paper flowers, especially for beginners.

It’s forgiving and malleable–easy to cut, bend, curl, and shape into peony petals, daffodil trumpets, chrysanthemum blooms, and more.

And if you have a Cricut Maker, you can easily cut out the shapes from templates you download for free on Lia Griffith’s website using a code.

Then, follow instructions for crafting the flowers to arrange and display in vases and pots and as bouquets and wreaths.

The Cannabis Gardener: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Vibrant, Healthy Plants in Every Region 

The Cannabis Gardener - A Beginner's Guide to Growing Vibrant, Healthy Plants in Every Region
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So many myths misconfigured and facts shared in this wonderful book.

Grab yourself a copy and see what’s inside…

Pruning and Training, Revised New Edition: What, When, and How to Prune

Pruning and Training, Revised New Edition - What, When, and How to Prune
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Featuring more than 800 plants and step-by-step instructions to pruning and training hundreds of trees, shrubs, and climbing plants, this comprehensive guide is freshly redesigned to help cultivate your perfect garden.

With chapters on everything from rosebushes to peach trees, Pruning and Training has advice for every garden and gardener.

Using a practical A-Z approach, organized by plant type, information is displayed in an easy-to-follow format and annotated illustrations that carefully guide readers on specialized techniques for each plant type, including coppicing and pollarding for trees and pinch pruning for shrubs.

Learn the basic training techniques for climbers and see how to maintain ornamental shrubs in your garden, including grasses for your topiary or hedges and bamboo.

Train jasmine to climb a wall, learn where to prune a rose, and increase your fruit tree’s yield.

Pruning and Training is the essential guide to pruning and training your garden plants with confidence.

The Flower Recipe Book 

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Flower arranging has never been simpler or more enticing.

The women behind Studio Choo have created a flower-arranging bible for today’s aesthetic, filled with an array of stunning, easy-to-find flowers and hundreds of step-by-step photos.

The 125 arrangements run the gamut of styles and techniques: some are wild and some are structured; some are time-intensive and some are astonishingly simple.

Each one is paired with a “flower recipe’; ingredients lists specify the type and quantity of blooms needed; clear instructions detail each step, and 400 photos show how to place every stem.

You will learn how to work with a single variety of flowers to great effect, and to create vases overflowing with layered blooms.

To top it off, the book is packed with ideas for unexpected vessels, seasonal buying guides, a source directory, a flower care primer, and all the design techniques readers need to know.

Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers 

Gardening Under Lights - The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers
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Gardening Under Lights is a highly detailed, accessible guide for seed starters, plant collectors, houseplant fans, and anyone who wants to successfully garden indoors any time of the year.

You’ll learn the basics of photosynthesis, the science of light, how to accurately measure how much light a plant needs, and details about the most up-to-date tools and gear available.

Also included are tips and techniques for helping ornamental plants (like orchids, succulents, bonsai, and more) and edible plants (arugula, cannabis, oregano, tomatoes, and more) thrive indoors.

Whether you are a vegetable gardener who wants to extend the growing season, a balcony gardener short on outdoor space, or a specialty plant collector, Gardening Under Lights is a must-have.

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