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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878339566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878339563
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dozens of plant lists citing a ppropriate choices with regard to all sorts of requirements, from the obvious (such as low-maintenance) to the esoteric (such as groundcovers for cracks and crevices). The books' authors also include ideas and suggestions on a vast range of topics from regional horticultural experts. Gardeners can never have too many plants. A list-lover's dream come true. (Hortideas)

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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book will make you an instant plant guru! Anyone who's ever needed a plant to fill a particualr spot in their garden and wished for a reliable source will love The Pacific Northwest Gardener's Book of Lists. The authors have divided the plant kingdom up by its major forms - i.e., trees, shrubs, annuals, etc - with a couple sections devoted to special groups such as roses and rhododendrons. Each section is comprised of plant lists for various conditions - for shade, dry shade, hot sun, evergreen foliage, all-year interest, etc. Both common and botanical names are listed in most cases, making this book appealing to both new and experienced plantspeople. And it's well-indexed for easy cross-referencing. Each section is also peppered with sidebars from various experts from the local horticultural community. Their comments usually expand on the topic of the nearest list and provide a fresh, first-hand perspective. The only thing this book doesn't provide is pictures an! d plant descriptions. When I sit down to down to do research with The Book of Lists, I typically grab my Encyclopedia of Garden Plants to provide more information. Add a cup of coffee and a window looking out on my yard and I'm content for hours!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By michaelsyvertsen@msn.com on April 25, 1999
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Consult this book before you start your projects. As a master gardener it has been invaluable answering questions from the public. What species of tree can I plant in a wet land? What shrub can handle dark shade? Over 200 lists answering this type of question. Geared for the Puget Sound.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
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In one sense, this book is great. If you want a list of plants that fit one certain criteria, just look for that list. The book is fairly easy to use in this sense, and that's why I gave it three stars; it seems like the authors spent a lot of time thinking about how to organize this book so you could find the list you were after.
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Maria on July 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book of lists, yes. We love lists especially when someone else makes them for us. Then we can simply check off what we want to buy. This book is just that. Lists, lists and more lists. The disclaimer I mentioned in my title should read: Some of these lists include noxious or invasive weeds.

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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