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Howard Garrett's Plants for Texas Paperback – 1996
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Then I read the reviews for Howard Garrett's charming and fabulous "Plants for Texas," and ordered it immediately. It arrived yesterday and I could not put it down until I had read it cover to cover.
Every single question I have had is answered in this book in a format so clear, so concise, and so heartwarming to any gardener, that I found I was smiling ear to ear. From the beginning pages, where Garrett presents his no-nonsense advice on design, maintenance, and care of everything from trees to turf grasses to annuals, to his staunch anti-chemical point of view (YES!), I gained a wealth of information.
By the time I got to the alphabetical pages with the full-color pictures of everything a Texas gardener could ever want to plant, I was thoroughly and totally delighted. Already I have made a rudimentary list (way too ambitious, of course). Already, I have page after page bookmarked and highlighted. Already, I have planted perfect gardens in my mind's eye.
Perhaps my favorite part of the entire book is the page on hackberry (celtis), which nastily eats up a major portion of my friend's flower beds, and which I secretly, and guiltily, hate. Garrett's take: "Do not plant and cut down the ones that sprout up!" Gotta love a man who shares my views on hackberry. I love this book. Plain and simple. I recommend it to anybody who gardens, or who plans to garden, in the Great State of Texas!
My only complaint with most of his books is that he lists the specimens in alphabetical order. That is what indexes are for. If he would group them with similar specimens, then between the photos and his descriptions, the books would be great for identifying species I find on my property. As it is, I have to get a separate field guide to tell me the names to look up in his books; but, I am willing to do that.
In Plants for Texas, I especially appreciate the lists of Texas' Bests and Worsts, and of course all the close-up photos.
Also, included in the notes are some interesting comments about the plant and its use.
Also many plants, including shrubs and trees, are edible which the author really didn't delve into either.
Never the less, as I research what types of plants fit certain niches in what I am trying to do, I am sure I will refer to this book from time to time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative! Essential for organic gardening in North Texas.Published 3 months ago by photoKTX
This is my go to book to identify plants or learn more about their culture. Great format and should be in every gardeners library.Published 4 months ago by C. Wood
Concise information as to care, where to plant, etc. about Texas plants. It's great!Published 19 months ago by Beth Zabel
Howard knows Texas and he can be trusted as to being a reliable guide. Can't go wrong with him coaching you.Published on August 15, 2013 by Ian
I love Howard Garrett's take on things... He is very informative and straight to the point. He doesn't hesitate saying what is junk and what will really enhance the gardenPublished on February 3, 2013 by Melody
Thanks for the quick transaction completion! Received the book in great condition. Would definitely do business with you again.Published on April 21, 2011 by jy
very informative book...well organized and very detailed explanations and lots of nice little tips everywhere.Published on June 30, 2009 by Amazon Customer