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American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers (American Horticultural Society) Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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"The Plant Selector" provides lists of plants that cover seemingly any situation you can think of. Examples - plants for specific soils, deer-resistant plants, hedge and windbreak plants, groundcovers for both sun and shade, dry shade, moist shade, and the list goes on.
The bulk of the book focuses on individual plants (Trees, Shrubs, Roses, Perennials, Annuals, Climbers, Bulbs, Rock Plants, Water Plants). Each section of plants is categorized by size (Large, medium and small) and then by color of the bloom. A color photo of each plant is provided as well as a brief description, size, exposure needs, zone, etc. A page number reference refers to a more in depth description of the plant in the back of the book.
Beautiful and plentiful photos, thick glossy pages and a wealth of information make this a reference that you can browse for hours. Happy reading!
My advice for people looking for a comprehensive GARDENING guide is to purchase THIS book. This one - the Plants and Flowers book - should be viewed as a very comprehensive plant type, size, zone, and technique book - all of which provide the book's context mentioned below - while the A-Z guide really is more like a traditional encyclopedia and is heavily focused on individual plant entries. Much of the same material on plants can be found in both books, but this one structures the entire volume into a gardening context, while the A-Z guide provides more detail on individual plants (as well as coverage of more plants and varieties).
Even a relatively advanced gardener is unlikely to need the additional plants coverage in the A-Z guide, as many cannot be easily found. The reason a number of people end up buying both is that the additional depth of material in the A-Z guide for plants found in both books can be helpful in special circumstances. Naturally, some avid gardeners simply enjoy the additional botanical detail also.
This is a superb book for extended study and planning. Is is less helpful as an in-season guide and problem solver, due to its size and complexity.
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, this was the worst encylopedia I came across; it was annoying, frustrating, and extremely limited both in its variety of species, as well as the amount of information that is given, which is paltry at best. I therefore highly recommend "Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs." This is the one I am going to purchase - it is so thorough, it is almost exhausting to read and the author (Michael Dirr) gives his personal opinions on many of the plants featured which is incredibly useful. He features plants I have never heard of, as well as a multitude of plant varieties that is almost astonishing.
There are so many sub-species of any given tree, shrub, or plant, that it is just not enough to devote one or two sentences to the entire genus. This book would be, in my opinion, a complete waste of money because you would have to supplement it with a great deal of extra reading. A good encyclopedia should stand on its own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listed as 'Good." It was at least that. This is a reference I have already. I bought it for a friend.Published 7 days ago by Marana L. Brooks
wonderful book i bought this book for art references and the pictures are amazing. very bright vivid and detailed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by eowyn
If you don't know the scientific name, finding the picture you may not be successful. It is a good reference book.Published 7 months ago by ColorOrange
It is a massive volume with beautiful photos. I purchased this as artistic reference material rather than a gardening guide and inspiration is never more than a few pages away.Published 7 months ago by Britt H
I love this book, a big fat collection of beautiful plants and wonderful knowledge!Published 10 months ago by Shannon