Timber Press, whose goal seems to be an encyclopedic work on every type of plant, now offers the definitive book on water lilies and lotuses. Part 1 provides information on designing, building, planting, and maintaining water and bog gardens, and includes a history of water plants and gardens. There's information on hybridizers, floating plants (plants without a root system anchored in soil), submerged aquatic plants, marginal and bog plants, and moisture-loving trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, ferns, and ornamental grasses. There's also a chapter on fish and other creatures found in water and bog gardens. Part 2 is a comprehensive list of water lilies and lotuses, describing all the species and major cultivars. The finished book will have 443 color photographs, 3 color illustrations, and 76 black-and-white illustrations. George Cohen
An international reference to all aspects of water gardening. Part One, written by expert Peter Robinson, is based on work originally undertaken by the late Frances Perry & provides specific information on designing & building a water feature. It includes an illustrated encyclopedia of submerged, floating, & marginal plants. Part Two is an encyclopedia of water lilies & lotuses by American specialist-& photographer-Perry Slocum.