. Most, though not all, include a small photograph of at least one specimen. I needed to grow into it, and now it's one of my treasures. Icon - Dropdown Arrow Used to indicate a dropdown. It's not at all difficult to find what you are looking for. I also looked up vigna caracalla and phaseolus caracalla. Very comprehensive, very complete, and great information.
Mine is marred with soil, sap stains, and re-bound twice with duct tape. Not a bad buy for so many gorgeous photos. Since the illustration is all pictures of flowers,this is great advantage for easy identification. From the visual glossary of leaves to the map of growing regions, The American Horticultural Society A-Z of Garden Plants provides an unsurpassed wealth of botanical information, making it the yardstick by which all other gardening references must be measured. Its best use is when you get a plant as a gift that has not interested you before and now you need general information. You'll also find a fascinating section about botany, as well as information about basic gardening techniques such as mulching, staking, pruning, propagating, and protecting plants for winter. I always love a sale! It pays to look around.
Positive On Jun 25, 2006, DonnaA2Z wrote: I've found this book to be very informative and relatively easy to use. Full-color pictures and concise profiles of each plant written by horticultural specialists are enormously helpful planning tools. There are lots of photos and drawings to illustrate the descriptions. The entries have all the information you would expect specific to the family and genus followed by individual plant entries and alternate common names, growth habit and cultivation information specific to that plant and many photos of the varieties of that family of plants. This is the book that makes my gardening dreams possible, it is never far from my side.
However, I can't say there is anything unique about it. Recently I started gardening again. Hardiness and heat-zone maps, an extensive glossary and index round out this invaluable reference guide to all things that grow. Icon - Twitter Twitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Richard Brooks, Margaret Cass, Beth Castellon, Ann R. Plants are listed by their botanical names; if you do not know the genus, you'll have to look up the common name first in the index.
I found that pretty much all the plants i reasearched for with names from hardware stores and nurseries were covered in here. Icon - Location Pin Used to showcase a location on a map. If you can measure information by weight, than this book is a bargin! The internet is awash with conflicting information but the book makes it all clear. His comprehensive knowledge of ornamental garden plants and his active involvement with many aspects of horticulture have brought him many awards. A growing zone doesn't really tell me much.
It is beautifully enhanced with full color photographs. I don't even look at my other books any more!!! Review Christopher Brickell, Editor-in-Chief, was director general of the Royal Horticultural society from 1985 to 1993, and is currently chairman of the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. Each group is documented in a 2 page spread describing the plant group, its uses and features and cultivation. I found this disappointing, as it would really limit someone's plant choices if they were relying strictly on this book, to tell them whether something would grow in their zone. Your resource for finding the best storage and home organization solutions for every room in the house.
The common names for plants found in your stores are are easily found by doing a cross reference at the back of the book. Most importantly, it is in good condition and intended to be used as a regular textbook for your class or job. The lack of an index also is a short-coming. All names are completely up to date, and previous names synonyms appear as cross-references throughout. I have no doubt, though, that I read the entire thing eventually. The next 20 pages have descriptions and the care of plants by the following groups: trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials, rock plants, annuals and biennials, bulbous plants, orchids, bromeliads, cacti and other succulents, palms and cycads, ferns, aquatic plants, grasses and bamboos.
Positive On Feb 9, 2004, LimeyLisa wrote: This is definately a must have to help you identify plants and to get basic information on plants with which you are unfamiliar. I would leaf through until drawn by a stunning photo, o I borrowed this fatty from the public library over a decade ago when I started dabbling a bit in container gardening. The one-stop sourcebook for the considered home, guiding readers artfully through the remodeling and design process. Sometimes books spin their wheels attempting to be all things to all people and accomplish nothing within that venture. It was hard to put this book down once I started reading through it.
Each category under the Ornamental Plant Groups Trees, Shrubs, Climbers, Perennials, etc , are broken down into four seasons when the plant shows its best colours, and the flower colours are separated into groups. On the other hand, why is every book of this kind centered on temperate climates? Wonderful color pictures for most plants. Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names for fast, straightforward access. However, there are many times more plants not listed in the Western Garden Book that are found in this book. I heartily recommend this volume for the serious gardener or just for the plant curious.
The hobby didn't last long at that time, because I had moved into a small space with little light and my gardening was temporarily thwarted. Minor faults: Sometimes lacks time of year for flowers, leaves, and fruit, and pH requirements. I have referred to this book when gardening both for ideas and instruction, when looking something up for children's homework, and just for design ideas or to look at the pictures of colorful flowers during the snowy months of winter. Casual gardeners won't need anything this extensive, but for the experienced gardener and even the novice gardener who wants to learn more, this is the book to have. Only downside is they want my book. Positive On Nov 30, 2005, afr wrote: A joy to own! From the visual glossary of leaves to the map of growing regions, The American Horticultural Society A-Z of Garden Plants provides an unsurpassed wealth of botanical information, making it the yardstick by which all other gardening references must be measured.