Former 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.
A 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
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