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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711223955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711223950
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 5.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will inspire all kinds of gardeners from the greenest novice to the expert." Emma Tenant. (The Spectator)

[Graham Stuart Thomas] ... has been turning out books luminous with opinion, humour, and consumate plantsmanship. (Horticulture)

"Destined to become a standard work." Anthony Huxley. (The Garden) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Describes thousands of species of ornamental shrubs, their hybrids and cultivars in alphabetical order. The emphasis is on the use of shrubs in the garden and the author offers advice on key points such as size, scent, colour of flower, flowering season, autumn colour and propagation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are a really enthusiastic gardener and you only want the very best then this book is for you. Graham Stuart Thomas is the master plantsman,he writes with real knowledge of his subject in a clear concise way.His chapters on "Working with Colour" and "Practical Points" are real masterpieces of common sense and the main body of the book, the "Alphabetical List of Shrubs" covers all the genera you are ever likely to grow, in Mr.Thomas's own erudite style. The choice of colour photographs concentrates on those subjects which are worth growing in any collection but are rarely featured in most run of the mill gardening books, and they are of course of excellent quality. My only criticism of the book is that it does not contain any of the author's superb botanical illustrations; still we can't have everything!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2011
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Written by an acknowledged expert, this book contains a wealth of information, but what makes it outstanding is the so often the plant descriptions include the personal comments from the author as to the plants' garden worthiness.

It is well presented and the basics about each plant such as size, flower colour, flowering period and more are clearly set out, along with occasionally any special merits indicated by the relevant symbol. Also sometimes included are quotes from other notable gardeners. The introductory chapters on cultivation are helpful and make interesting reading. The main listings of plants are divided into section: firstly Shrubs followed by Climbers and then Bamboos. Also included are various lists under the section Shrubs and Climbers for Special Purposes, over twenty different lists covering amongst other things plants for particular aspects, soil types, or plants with particular attributes such as specific colour foliage, fragrance, or being attractive to bees or resistant to various animal pests. The book also includes a useful bibliography, a list of nurserymen and a hardiness zone map.

The book is illustrated book with a 32 section of colour photographs and another 32 page section of back and white photographs; each page contains about three or four pictures. But this is not a book to buy for its pictures, it is about informed comment, at at that it succeeds 100%. It is always one of the first books I turn in my collection of over 250 gardening books for information on and assessments of shrubs and climbers.
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This is another book for my collection that I will use when searching and checking plants for use in Garden Design.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The first step in selecting shrubs 1 April 2000
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I bought this book several years ago and left it on the shelf. Then one day when I was looking up a particular shrub, I decided to check this book. From that time forth it has been my first choice when deciding on selecting a particular shrub. The auther is a exceptional horticulturist of many years standing with several plants named after him.
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