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Salient details on selecting, planting, and nurturing more than 2700 species and cultivars of herbaceous perennials are packed into this richly illustrated volume of gardening wisdom by authors Carter, Carrie Becker, and Bob Lilly, who boast "nearly two hundred years of collective gardening experience" among them. They offer a summary of plant families and characteristics; a list of plants for special gardens; general maintenance guidelines on soil, sunlight, planting, and mulching; a glossary; recommended gardening titles; and an index. The core of the book is an A-to-Z list of perennials suitable for gardens in North America. Entries are arranged by genus and illustrated with fully captioned color photographs by Harrison (whose work is featured in Fragrance in Bloom) each features a signed paragraph offering sage advice in a friendly but confident voice, as well as lists scientific name, common name, and origin and information on preferred conditions, light, management, propagation, pests and diseases, and companion plants and design. Species and cultivars follow each perennial's entry in easy-to-use charts that indicate height and spread, hardiness zone, bloom time, and foliage. Gardeners are certain to find this an invaluable source. An essential reference tool; recommended for all public libraries.
—Donna L. Davey