Ranunculus: Beautiful buttercups for home and garden

By Naomi Slade, Photographs by Georgianna Lane

Ranunculus offers advice on how to care for and propagate these colourful cultivated members of the buttercup family. Naomi Slade explores a wide range of ranunculus species and cultivars, all beautifully photographed by Georgianna Lane in their technicolour glory from palest pink to deep burgundy via white, orange, red and yellow.

Pert as a rosebud and blousy as a dahlia, Ranunculus asiaticus is the flower of the moment. From ancestors that grew wild in the eastern Mediterranean, these Persian buttercups have been bred and selected to create fully double blooms; with layers of delicate, tissue-paper petals sculpted to perfection and available in a range of colours to suit any occasion.

The buttercup family is a huge and diverse one, however, and the genus Ranunculus contains not just these exotic florists’ darlings, but a whole range of their close relatives too. Some are familiar: when fields and lawns are sprinkled with golden meadow buttercups, we can be sure that spring has arrived. Yet there are also rare mountain blooms, perched on crags and fed by the melting snow, and forms of Ranunculus that thrive in pond margins or flourish in fast-flowing streams.

Naomi Slade explores the world of buttercups, from their wild origins to their most successfully cultivated and most popular forms. Some are easy to grow, some less so, and this book offers tips and advice to help the reader embrace not just those near-wild forms that lend themselves to naturalistic planting schemes, and the exquisite, collectible alpines, but also the brilliant, desirable, Persian buttercups that are so perfect for cutting and arranging.

Format: ebook
Release Date: 16 Mar 2023
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-1-911670-22-3
Naomi Slade is a journalist, author and designer specialising in gardening, environment and lifestyle. A regular contributor to magazines including Gardens Illustrated and RHS The Garden, she has a long-running column in Garden News magazine and has written ten books. Winner of the Garden Media Guild Practical Journalist of the Year Award in 2022, Naomi has also presented on BBC Gardeners’ World and co-designed the Flood Re: Flood Resilient Garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2024.Georgianna Lane is one of the world’s leading floral and garden photographers whose images have been published internationally in books, magazines, calendars and lifestyle products. Her many books include Vintage Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas and Lilacs. She lives in Paris. Follow Georgianna on Instagram (@georgiannalane) or visit georgiannalane.com

”Naomi Slade 'goes the extra mile, giving us added bits of useful information that can really help gardeners develop their practical knowledge.” - - Garden Media Guild Award Winner 2022

For Dahlias: -

'A comprehensive, quick-reference guide. This is a visually stunning book with superb photography, which makes it a beautiful experience to turn each page - a great introduction to the genus.' - Gardens Illustrated Magazine -

'Simply glorious.' - Daily Mail Weekend -

'Handsomely produced and lushly illustrated.' - The Irish Times -

For Hydrangeas: -

'Instantly re-educates and inspires, leaving one determined to uproot half the garden and replant it with hydrangeas.' - The Sunday Times -

For Peonies: -

”'Simply flicking through the pages … is a sensualist’s dream.” - - The Sunday Times