For many gardeners, the low-key colours of the naturalistic gardening movement are just too quiet. Andy Vernon, a self-professed flower fanatic, is one of these gardeners. In The Flower- Powered Garden, he urges everyone to embrace one of the most joyful and important parts of a garden-colour. The Flower-Powered Garden highlights perennials and annuals that pack a punch, and 15 colour combinations that can be used in containers and gardens. The boisterous combinations are inspired by some of Vernon's favourite things-like sherbet, budgies, and candy. A floripedia of 50 marvellous plants includes colourful favorites like dahlias, petunias, hollyhocks, fuchsias, and more. A section on growing details the basics of planting, watering, soil needs, and growing in containers.
Andy Vernon is a producer-director of popular gardening TV programs for the BBC including Gardeners' World and The Great British Garden Revival. He trained at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley and worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He lives in Cheshire, England, where he runs Planet Dahlia, a horticultural media consulting firm.