Find out which plants will grow well in specific areas of your garden.
Years of experience answering questions on what to grow in problem sites plus an impressive career at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum and plenty of practice in his own garden make Roy Lancaster an ideal authority to advise on what plant to grow where. Complete Selection System: What Plant Where is an indispensable handbook that recommends plants for every site in the garden. Organized into five chapters Perennials (with Annuals and Biennials), Climbers, Shrubs, Conifers, and Trees this book considers dozens of different garden conditions and suggests ideal plants for each. Detailed plant lists also let you achieve such effects as autumn color or fragrant flowers, and the comprehensive index lists all the plants recommended in What Plant Where. Photos of Every Plant: All plant suggestions are illustrated with radiant color photographs and supported by notes on the plants' special features and size, hardiness, and light and soil requirements all the facts you need to make the perfect choice. Never before has it been so easy to put the right plant in the right place!
|Publisher:||DK Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||10.75(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.25(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Normally I shy away from British gardening books for a variety of reasons. All to frequently they feature plants that are difficult for American gardeners to find. Many of the plants that flourish in Britain struggle to survive in much of the US and vise-a-versa. In addition, frequently British design books discuss formal gardens, showing pictures of gardens around palaces or castles. As I have yet to have a client request a garden design for their castle, I find these books irrelevant to modern day America. Consequently, I was quite shocked when I learned the author of the wonderfully practical book, ¿What Plant Where¿, Roy Lancaster, lives and gardens in England. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a neophyte, you will enjoy this book. The book divides plants into five categories: perennials, climbers, shrubs, conifers and, trees. Within each of these categories it addresses what plants will grow in specific conditions, such as: against warm sunny walls; cool moist soils in shade; alkaline soils: etc¿ It also delineates plants with specific characteristics, such as shrubs with berries. The photographs of the plants are also excellent. One of the best features about this book is it specifies plants that are resistant to rabbits! While there are numerous books that address plants that are resistant to deer, few address the problem of rabbits. The book has two minor deficiencies. First, the list of plants the author recommends for a given growing condition or attribute is typically far from complete. Nevertheless, it provides a solid starting point for the beginner gardener and a memory jogger for the more experienced gardener. Second, as is all too common in the horticulture industry, the author fails to adequately discuss which plants will perform well in partial shade. While many plants perform best in full sun, many will tolerate partial shade. Hence, the gardener with a partially shady garden is given the impression that they are restricted to a very few plants, which is not the case. Despite these minor flaws, I highly recommend ¿What Plant Where¿ by Roy Lancaster.