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Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for the South Paperback – March 1, 2009
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Chapters 1 and 2 focus on flowering trees and shrubs, chapter 3 deals with herbaceous plants, and chapter 4 offers additional flowering trees and shrubs but with line drawings rather than colored photos. The book may be most helpful to gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 5-9; only about 10 of the approximately 100 trees and shrubs would not be suited to that range. Conversely, nearly all of chapter 3's herbaceous plants are best sited in zones 8 or 9-11, and probably would not perform well over most of the southeast.
A real plus to this book are the photos showing the habit of each plant, rather than merely a close-up of the bloom. Typically, each page includes both a magnified photo of the flower or foliage, as well as a top to bottom shot of the entire plant. This is very useful, as many flowering plants can grow either as suckering shrubs or as small trees, and it may not always be clear from the description which form may emerge.
As a specialty guide to understory plantings, I would recommend Marie Harrison's "Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for the South."