Bloom, son of renowned gardener Alan Bloom, is himself recognized as an expert plantsman. His latest book offers gardeners real support in the task of selecting plants offering vibrant color in the quieter seasons of spring, fall, and winter. Bloom's recommendations include an impressive array of ornamentals found in sections devoted to conifers, shrubs and trees, perennials, grasses, heaths and heathers, alpine plants, and bulbs. Each plant is described, with information on zone hardiness, size, and a bit about culture and maintenance. Beautiful photographs illustrate Bloom's very thoughtful approach, promising gardeners inspired choices for combinations or specimen plantings. A number of planting plans are included for a variety of conditions.