The Ultimate Plant Book: Every Plant You Need for Your Garden
Kate Bryant & Tony Rodd
Raincoast, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
o call it a
does not do it justice.
The Ultimate Plant Book
is a hefty volume, rich in floral displays on almost every page - flip through it and you see all the colors of the rainbow. An Introduction to
The Rewarding Garden
, reminds us that gardening provides a creative outlet and '
a connection to the earth and the seasons that no other activity can offer.
' Considerations for plant selection are discussed, as well as garden care, North America hardiness zones, and fruit, flower and leaf types.
etailed sections cover:
Annuals and Perennials
Grasses, Sedges, and Bamboos
Fruit Trees, Nut Trees, and Other Fruits
Bulbs, Corms, and Tubers
Cacti and Succulents
Vegetables and Herbs
Climbers and Creepers
Orchids; Ferns, Palms and Cycads
. For each of the more than 2,250 plants mentioned (such as the
), there is general information on types and appearance (with large color photos, over 1,800 in all), soil, sun and cultivation requirements, and an insightful
. A table lists varietal
, noting their color and fragrance, blooming season, plant height and width, hardiness zone and frost tolerance. At the back of the book is a
, as well as handy
he Ultimate Plant Book
makes an excellent reference for the serious gardener. In particular, its profusion of colorful images and details on varieties of each plant facilitates garden planning and selection of flowers, shrubs and trees for different locations. I expect to make good use of this informative volume over the years and seasons.
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