by Christopher Lloyd
Unlike summaries in many other traditional horticultural encyclopedias, Lloyd's profiles of plants are loaded with his own opinions and experiences. Organized alphabetically by genus, the entries feature the usual host of facts common names, varieties, size, flower color, height, propagation techniques, details about pests and diseases attracted to the plant, and the best way to integrate the plant into garden design. While recording the specifics, Lloyd proffers lively opinions based on his experiences from growing each specimen in his native England. He points out both the strengths and weaknesses of these plants. Lots of brilliant color photographs aid Lloyd in imparting a working knowledge of and some insight about perennials, bulbs, corms, ferns, and grasses.
Timber Pr, 2000, 384 p., color photos, hardcover
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