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The Pacific Northwest Gardener's Book of Lists Paperback – April 1, 1997
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The format lends itself to quick problem-solving including what to plant in a difficult site, what to plant for winter interest, shrubs with berries or hostas that tolerate sun. The book is laced with quotes from local experts and avid amateur gardeners. (The Oregonian)
This is a must for local gardeners to add to their gardening library. (Garden Showcase)
...[this book's] basic premise is to share information on what works and what doesn't. Well-organized and handy. (The Redmond Spokesman)
...a wonderful resource book for Northwest gardeners. When you purchase the book, be sure to purchase two highlighter pens. You will run out of ink on the first pen about half-way through. (Liz Douville Bend Bulletin)
People love lists. They love the conciseness, the choices inherent in them, the straightforwardness. Now in one little book, you get more than 200 lists to answer almost any plant question you can come up with. This is definitely one book to put on your must-have list. (Oregonian)
Do we really need more lists? Yes, when they are as useful as those in The Pacific Northwest Gardener's Book of Lists. (Valerie Easton The Seattle Times)
The nifty book delivers just what its title promises: lots of lists that make gardening easier for folks who are lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest. (Nmpro Magazine)
Beginning gardeners, those new to the Northwest or anyone who likes seeing a range of options should check out this book. (Stefanie Knowlton, Statesman Journal)
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The problem is that no one picks a plant based upon one single criteria. One could page back and forth to see which lists contain which plants, but that seems rather more complicated than simply reading the complete descriptions in your copy of Sunset's Western Garden Book.
Of course, you need to narrow your focus before diving into the Sunset book. And there is the dilemma. This book answers that dilemma, sort of. It offers a first step, a way to begin the process of elimination. But you'll drop this book immediately upon narrowing your focus. If, say, you're looking at the 13 trees in the "trees with fragrant blossoms" list and then proceed to the Sunset book to read complete descriptions of each tree you'll discover that one of the trees in the "fragrant blossoms" list (Southern Magnolia) is difficult or impossible to grow things underneath. You could also find this out by looking up "trees that are impossible to grow things underneath" in the Book of Lists, but you wouldn't know to do this without having already looked in the Sunset book. Confused yet?
Basically, this book offers one way to narrow the focus a little before you begin investigating specific plants. That's worth something, I guess. However, if you are expecting that you will be able to use this book to determine the right plant for a situation, it won't work for that.
A few weeds on the list that are included in the book are: English Ivy/Hedera helix; Creeping Buttercup/Ranunculus acris and Butterfly Bush/Buddleia davidii. These plants are listed as Noxious Weeds or Weeds of Concern on the King County WA Weed List.
Becase the authors include such weeds in their book it leads me to believe that they just threw in any old plant that would grow in a specific climate or microclimate in the PNW without regard to exactly how it grows. If you are familiar with creeping buttercup you know what I mean.
If you still are interested in this book of lists then at least do a bit of research on the plants you're considering. Take a look at your county website and see if there is a weed list before planting anything. Your best bet is to find a native plant resource website or book so you can be sure your plants aren't noxious or invasive and that they are native to our area. Here is one:
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I purchased these as gifts. This is the most used book ever, NO gardener in the Pacific NW should be without it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juli L., Spruill
This was not the great resource I hoped for. It's lacking in pictures and in much description of the plants on the lists. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very handy book, it can really inspire you to make a great looking landscape and add some synergy with the various plant life.Published 12 months ago by Zepher
If you live in the great Pacific Northwest and don't have this book, you are missing out. I am a Master Gardener and I use this book a lot. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Marie Hutchinson
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This a great place to start your adventure into landscaping. Pick the microclimate,pick if you want a shrub, tree etc. Check out the appropriate list in this great book. Read morePublished on November 25, 2008 by BARBARA