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Seed Library Growing Companion: Flowers

Lists of books and resources on starting, growing and harvesting vegetables and flowers in your own back yard! Created in conjunction with the Davenport Library Seed Library.

Davenport Public Library Seed Library - Flowers


The Seed Library is open for the 2024 season! Come get seeds between March 1st and September 30th.

Growing Flowers

Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias

The Ultimate Flower Grower's Guide by Jenny Carey

This book proposes a holistic approach to flower gardening, with a refreshing difference: instead of concentrating primarily on color, it brings flower shape to the fore, which results in a more aesthetically pleasing result. The featured plants include both perennials and annuals, and have been chosen for their ease of care, attractiveness to pollinators, and environmental friendliness.


Containers in the Garden by Claus Dalby

Create a bold and beautiful container garden with design and planting guidance from Danish gardening celebrity Claus Dalby. Beauty, charm, and simplicity are the hallmarks of these Scandinavian planting techniques. Dalby shares his signature container gardening style with his distinctive use of a single plant species in each pot, with dozens of planted pots collected together, creating elegant and eye-catching garden displays.which are changed with the seasons.

Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening by Matt Mattus

uthor Matt Mattus offers expert tips on growing both annuals and biennials (including native and heirloom species) based on his decades of first-hand experience in his own garden and greenhouse. Accompanied by lush photography, every variety or species presented includes detailed information and tips that go beyond the very basic information typically available on the seed packet or a nursery tag. 

Small Farm, Big Dreams by Jennifer O'Neal

Jennifer and Adam O'Neal introduce their flower farming lifestyle and share no-nonsense advice on how to successfully produce flowers whether they be in a raised bed or a quarter-acre plot. Over the past decade, they have gathered know-how running their own cut-flower farm, PepperHarrow Farm in Winterset, Iowa, as well as useful rule-debunking tips for anyone who dreams of flowers.

A Year Full of Flowers

In Bloom: growing, harvesting and arranging homegrown flowers by Clare Nolan

Inside In Bloom, author Clare Nolan takes the mystique out of the growing process—from choosing the plants to suit both your garden and home and laying out your cutting patch to planning ahead so you get your perfect palette of color, texture, and shape to play with at the right time of year.