Over the years it has become the best-selling plant book the world has ever known and there are now more than 14,000,000 copies in print.
Updates have appeared at regular intervals, and now at last the long-awaited sequel has been published.
He has been honoured at the National British Book Awards with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the Librarian of the Royal Horticultural Society “Dr Hessayon perfected a manner of presentation which has yet to be surpassed for clarity, intelligibility and ease of access”.
According to The Times “he invented a formula of clear, uncluttered advice and illustrations with a superbly logical layout”.
These best-selling guides have had an unparalleled influence on gardening over the past 50 years. He was awarded the 1993 Gardening Book of the Year Award from the Garden Writers Guild and received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement 'Oscar' at the National British Book Awards.
In 1999 he received a Guinness World Record Award as 'Britain's best-selling living author of the 1990s'.The problem section answers the main difficulties with indoor plants - why they don't flower, why they die, how much to water and much more.There's even a miscellany - a collection of bits and pieces from the lucky bamboo story to the easy way to measure humidity.A host of new house plants have appeared during the last ten years.These plants are in the shops, but they are not in the books - until now.Over 200 million house plants are sold every year in the UK, and sales have increased 200% over the last decade (source: The Times).Millions of people everywhere rely on the House Plant Expert for the straightforward, reliable advice it contains.Dr Hessayon's best-selling guides have had an unparalleled influence on gardening over the past 50 years. In 1999 he received a Guinness World Record Award as 'Britain's best-selling living author of the 1990s'.In 2012 he was included in the Daily Mail list of '60 truly great Elizabethans' for 'teaching millions of us how to garden'.From common plants to more exotic ones, you'll love this leafy tour that includes such shrubs as acacia, allspice, angelica, azalea, bird of paradise, buckeye, butterfly bush--and this is literally just the beginning.Complete instructions for flowering shrub care cover planting periods for each variety, siting and soil, pruning methods, and propagation.