Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite

Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite

by William Cullina
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Understanding Perennials: A New Look at an Old Favorite 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SandwichCake More than 1 year ago
Divided into chapters based on the anatomy of plants Understanding Perennials begins with roots and clearly points out the differences between bulbs, corms, tubers, etc. Explanations of what makes perennial regrowth possible are detailed and practical. This is followed by chapters on stems, leaves, flowers, etc. The author also covers the subjects of soil, garden planning, and propagation in equal depth with scientific explanations as well as personal experience. The writing style is often humorous and presents the density of information in a way that is never academic. I would prefer that the book was arranged in a format more suitable for reference. The graphic design does not seem to equal the professionalism and quality of the author's text. For example, focused sections on particular subjects are placed within related chapters which breaks up the reading in a way I find distracting. The mostly attractive photographs are not always anchored to the text and often fail to provide anything more than ornamentation. These weaknesses do not subtract from the value of the book overall, and I can admit to rereading the book twice since purchasing it. If your interest in gardening extends into horticulture and botany, you'll be fascinated by the depth of information provided in Understanding Perennials. Mr. Cullina is well-educated and experienced in the science of plants and he shares his knowledge in this accessible and matter-of-fact expose into the secret lives of perennials. I highly recommend two other books by the author: Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines, and Understanding Orchids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago