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The Hillier Colour Dictionary of Trees and Shrubs [Hardcover]

Hillier Nurseries , Christopher D. Brickell
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23 Feb 1993
An easy-to-use colour reference guide, which lists over 3500 of the most useful woody plants for today's gardener. This dictionary provides concise descriptive and cultural notes for trees and shrubs, conifers and climbers, enabling the garderner to identify a vast array of plants quickly. Complete with advice on pruning, a glossary of botanical terms and a comprehensive quick-reference guide to choosing trees and shrubs for specific purposes, this invaluable reference book is the ideal companion when selecting new plants and identifying those already in the garden.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 Feb 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715300911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715300916
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent 5 Jun 2013
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Hilliers" is the bible of nurserymen, as much of an institution in its field as Wisden or the Oxford English Dictionary. The original form, The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs, is dense with text and has no pictures. The print is small, technical terms are plentiful. Serious gardeners, and those in the trade, will buy it, despite the price, because it has absolutely everything in it.

Don't get me wrong, this 'Hilliers Lite' is still a detailed, wide-ranging book for the serious gardener. But some of the very obscure plants - those you're not going to want to buy anyway - have been omitted and every page is studded with photos- modest in size but clear and relevant. This is a book you can stick in a bag (it's too big for a pocket) and take to the garden centre or specialist nursery with you. The information in it is concise, to the point and utterly authoritative - and at your fingertips a lot quicker then using Google on your smartphone.

So what does it offer? It starts with a guide to the technical terms, symbols and abbreviations used in the main text. These may irritate at first but get used to them; they do save a heck of a lot of time and space. Then there is a brief section which will help you choose trees, shrubs and climbers suitable for your requirements. This information is given in the form of charts or tables (in the Manual they are given as a series of lists) which actually make it easy to pinpoint the right plants to look at, even if the layout has you craning your neck a bit. For example - say you have clay soil, are near the coast, and want a shrub with purple foliage? Running a ruler or card down the chart enables you to pinpoint any suitable plants very quickly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars valuable 26 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A valuable reference book on the shelf although 'Googling a question' is becoming as productive. Good for browsing in conjunction with other books + Google.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A picture laden reference 26 Jan 2014
By MR A
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This turned out to be a hard copy of a paperback I already have and not the Hillier manual I was looking for. This book (in paperback) although dated (doesn't include the most modern plants available) is my constant companion when buying plants or visiting gardens with mature specimens. It has certainly helped me over the years to make some careful decisions on selections and planting options. It is a real pity that these excellent Hilliers references don't seem to be currently published and updated.
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