Reader's Digest has come through with another straightforward, nicely illustrated guide for the gardener. Every gardener knows that selecting the right plants for the right places is crucial to success, but many need help determining what kind of site they have, selecting the appropriate plants, and grouping them in pleasing combinations. The most notable portion of this book is the six chapters devoted to unique or difficult sites. Here, readers learn about coping with tricky settings like dense, dry shade and are given suggestions for possible plants to use. The text is mainly a convenient directory of 200 care-free plants (annuals, perennials, vines, bulbs, shrubs, and trees) that, like most plant encyclopedias, offers one-page entries with standard growing information and comments about outstanding features, best uses, and a handy chart of fundamental facts. This chart covers attributes, season of interest, quirks, good neighbors, where a plant grows best, potential problems, pruning, critter resistance, source, and dimensions. The obligatory chapters on maintenance and a short glossary are also included. Though numerous books cover this subject, the focus here on challenging sites and a range of old-fashioned and trendy low-maintenance plants makes this a sound purchase for updating a collection. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Bonnie Poquette, Shorewood P.L., WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.