Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Gardener's Reference Tool

One of our new gardening books is The Plant Finder: the right plants for every garden. The name is a bit of a misnomer, though. You don't open this book and find a handy list of flowers and shrubs perfect for low light, high wind and heavy rainfall. There are no groupings by climate, season, color or style (English cottage, French traditional, Japanese Zen).
However, if you already have your list of potential plants drawn up, this book will tell you all you need to know about its light, moisture, space and drainage needs. You can find its planting season, flowering season and whether or not it does well in containers. The book describes the various species of each genus, and for the more popular varieties of plants it also describes cultivars. The book is broken down by general plant type (cacti, vegetable, annual, shrub, etc.) and the beginning of each section features a handy chart that lists all the attributes of each featured plant. Color photos abound within the section, and since this book covers over 5,000 plants, it's a good bet that the plant you are looking for can be found within its pages.
My advice is to browse through some of our other wonderful gardening books to get ideas for plants, and when you have assembled your list of suggestions, crack open The Plant Finder and see which ones are right for you.

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