Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyVines and other climbing plants are sadly underutilized in domestic gardens, attest Grey-Wilson, former botanist at England's Kew Gardens, and horticultural writer Matthews. Extolling the infinite variety of color, foliage, form and even scent of climbers, the authors illuminate the extra dimension climbers can add to landscapes. Used singly or in combination with other plants, climbers can grace an arbor, trellis or gazebo or cover unsightly walls, buildings and fences. Untamed climbers serve as prolific ground covers. Climbers are grouped variously, including such chapters as "Temperate Deciduous Climbers," "Temperate Evergreen Climbers" and "Annual and Herbaceous Climbers." Perennial favorites (roses, honeysuckles and clematis) merit their own chapters. Detailed information accompanies each of the hundreds of suggested plants, enabling gardeners to make educated choices in regard to soil, water and light requirements, disease resistance and pruning needs. Of special interest is the inclusion of the country of origin for each plant. American gardeners must know their own climates and follow the writers' suggestions to survey their own regions for adaptable species, while noting that the hardiness chart extends only to -5 F. The photos are lush and helpful. (July)
Library JournalFormer Royal Botanic Garden botanists Grey-Wilson and Matthews have written a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated guide to temperate climbing plants: annual, deciduous, evergreen, and greenhouse, with separate chapters on honeysuckles, clematis, and climbing roses. They provide ideas for choosing and combining plants, cultivation techniques, and lists of climbers for special purposes. Plants directory entries, arranged by scientific name, include common name, a detailed description of the plant, light requirements, hardiness (not by USDA zones), cultivation tips, pruning season, and selected cultivars. Symbols indicate the authors' recommendations, plants suitable for greenhouses, and winners of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Unfortunately, many of the species listed are not hardy north of Zone 7, and, in the galley, the symbol indicating plants appropriate for tropical and subtropical gardens was never used even though plants suitable for these areas are included. Despite these drawbacks, the book offers solid information. Recommended for public and horticultural libraries in temperate areas.Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., Ill.
BooknewsA gorgeously color-illustrated guide to the plethora of existing climbing vines and shrubs with chapters on clematis, climbing roses, honeysuckles, evergreen and annual climbers, and tropical and subtropical climbers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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