Synopses & Reviews
At the heart of every garden are the plants, which enhance our land and engage our souls. For gardeners, no matter how new or how advanced, whether we cultivate for ourselves or for landscaping clients, plants are the sine qua non
. They intrigue us and inspire us. And the more we learn about them, the more they add to our pleasure in gardening.
For all of these reasons, every gardener needs a good plant encyclopedia. And, as the only plant encyclopedia written exclusively for North American gardeners, Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants will be as useful twenty years from now as it is today. If a plant can't be grown on this continent, you won't find it here.
Readers will use this book in a number of ways: as a resource for identifying plants, as a guide to purchasing the best species and cultivars for particular gardening locations and growing conditions, and as an important way to save the cost and disappointment of buying plants that won't thrive or will overwhelm a garden. Choosing just the right tree or shrub can add the crowning touch to your landscape plan.
Here you'll find expert information about more than a thousand species of trees, shrubs, roses, bulbs, perennials, annuals, and ground covers. Illustrated with 1,200 color photos and hundreds of line drawings, the encyclopedia includes instructions on how to grow the plants and even on how to propagate many of them. An extensive glossary and a common name index make this book accessible to beginners as well as longtime gardeners.
Like gardening itself, Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants will bring its readers immediate pleasure as well as long-term rewards.
"Concise, easy to read, attractively laid out, and packed with information."
"Destined to become a time-honored resource for novice and experienced gardeners alike."
"I bet that if a plant isn't in this book, it probably won't grown in North America."
"Concise, easy to read, attractively laid out, and packed with information.” Library Journal Starred
Destined to become a time-honored resource for novice and experienced gardeners alike." Booklist, ALA
"The reference guide that should be on the bookshelf of everyone who grows anything." A Best Gardening Book of 2003 Christian Science Monitor
"I bet that if a plant isn't in this book, it probably won't grown in North America." The Chicago Sun-Times
"Makes looking up plants as easy as A-B-Cedrus." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The reference book that earned an instant spot on my shelf." The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gardening has many aspects, and gardeners have different interests, but the single incontrovertible fact is that everything begins with plants. And every gardener, novice or expert, needs a good plant encyclopedia. With descriptions of more than 1,000 species, hundreds of line drawings, and 1,200 color photos, the Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
will be as useful twenty years from now as it is today. Readers will find much to rely on as they use the encyclopedia in a number of ways: as an identification guide, as a guide to the best species and cultivars for their own garden locations and growing conditions, and, finally, as a source of information on cultivating and propagating the plants they want to grow.
The encyclopedia, organized alphabetically by botanical names, includes a common name index to make the book accessible to both beginners and longtime gardeners. Also included in this definitive reference are the newly revised U.S. Department of Agriculture Zone Map, a glossary of gardening terms, and an illustrated guide to propagation.As with all books in the Taylor's Guide series, the encyclopedia is thorough, accurate, dependable, and useful. The text is informative and readable, while the many photographs and line drawings enhance the beautiful layout. Like gardening itself, Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants will bring its readers immediate pleasure and satisfying, long-term rewards.
With descriptions of more than 1,000 species, hundreds of line drawings, and 1,200 color photos, the "Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants" will be as useful 20 years from now as it is today.
About the Author
Frances Tenenbaum is the author of several garden books and the editor of the Taylor's Guide series at Houghton Mifflin.
Table of Contents
HOW THE PLANTS ARE ARRANGED
HOW WE DECIDED WHICH PLANTS TO INCLUDE
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTS
Propagating Plants 420
Common Name Index 431
Photo Credits 444
Hardiness Zone Map 446