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Annuals and Tender Plants for North American Gardens Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 18, 2004

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Winterrowd is well known in the gardening realm in his roles as writer and designer, and for beautiful North Hill, the garden he and his partner, Joe Eck, tend in Vermont. In this encyclopedic reference, Winterrowd catches the wave of popularity accorded a parade of alluring tender plants, from choice biennials and true annuals to half-hardy perennials and exotic shrubby specimens. Writing in a thoroughly engaging style, Winterrowd presents plant entries filled with information and advice on propagation, cultivation, and the level of difficulty one can expect. Moreover, the lively descriptions include a valuable guide to pronunciation, fascinating bits of background, and illuminating accounts of nomenclature. Photo vignettes capture details of foliage and flowers of selected species and varieties in a resource that is both fun to read and instructive, with appendixes revealing growing techniques, mail order sources, and common names. Alice Joyce
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"Everyone knows Wayne Winterrowd is one of America's most authoritative and imaginative garden writers. What they might not know --but will once they read this book-- is what a wonderful writer he is. Between these covers you will find instruction and delight in equal measure." -Michael Pollan --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (May 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679457364
  • ASIN: B000Y4M8VQ
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By J. Hinkel on January 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As with his earlier book, "Annuals for Connoiseurs," this is a great reference book for annuals and tender perennials. It's also a great place for inspiration and ideas -- you'll want to try some new plants, or use an "old" one in a different way.

What makes Winterrowd's work unique are his suggestions on how to get the most enjoyment and beauty from each species. Besides the usual basics, he gives suggestions for each plant on how to grow and use it well (pot, trellis, in shrubbery, etc.), how to start seed, how to overwinter it (if applicable), when to pinch back, which varieties are most floriferous/hardy, etc.

He's also very readable -- engaging, often humorous, a bit like talking to a friend about favorite plants.

My only regret is that there aren't more pictures, particularly of the less well-known species. But, in combination with one of the more traditional plant encyclopedias (for pictures), "Annuals and Tender Plants for North American Gardens" will give you way more ideas than you'll be able to use!
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This book has an encyclopedic meticulousness plus such affection for the subject that I consider it one of the best gardening resources around. I intend to give it to every landscape designer I know (at least the ones I like!)
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This is being cleared out now at a fabulous price. The book is a tome of 576 full sized pages. The hardcover version is physically hard to read lying down since it is heavy. But oh what a book! Each annual is loving detailed in Wayne Winterrowd's lively prose. About the only thing I could wish for is maybe more pictures since after reading about a plant, you just want to see it.

Readers looking for a casual book about annuals that is mostly pictures, be disappointed but those with a passion for plants will be delighted.
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