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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book for Home Gardeners, 22 Mar 2012
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This review is from: The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs: More Than 1500 Outstanding Garden Plants (Hardcover)
Goodness me! What a magnificent book. A great purchase; shows a massive amount of beautiful coloured photos all with the most up to date nomenclature.
Impossible to faulter, roses, rhododendron and camellias well represented in full colour as are the obscured flowering shrubs.Fantastic reference book for English speaking world gardeners.I would have liked a few more American lagerstroemias featured, but hell, what a lot of plants are shown.
Great present for Easter 2012.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic and Compehensive Reference, 4 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs: More Than 1500 Outstanding Garden Plants (Hardcover)
If you're looking to add some shrubbery to your garden, or to simply decipher what you've inherited there, this is the book for you. There's over 1,500 shrubs clearly described, so it's one of the most comprehensive guides available. It's arranged in alphabetical latin name order with each shrub having a short description, a good photograph of it in flower, plus a guide to eventual height, ideal growing conditions and cultural notes. There's an indication if the shrub has been awarded the RHS AGM plus the USA's hardiness zone.

The short Table of Selected Shrubs by Key Design and Cultural Characteristics towards the end is what elevates this book to greatness. This is the first port of call for readers wanting to ID a mystery shrub or to select something new for their garden. The colourful guide to foliage type, flower colour, size, light requirements, flowering season, soil type and zone allows the reader to shortlist shrubs which fit either their ID needs or garden requirements, which can then be looked up in the main part of the book. This is something which is currently hard to achieve via the internet, though there are a number of sites which are working on it!

Definitely one for a gardener's reference bookshelf in either the UK or the USA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A high quality book, 25 April 2014
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This review is from: The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs: More Than 1500 Outstanding Garden Plants (Hardcover)
Superb pictures but for true amateur gardeners a bit more information e.g smelly?or would it encourage bees and a bit more info about height.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timber Press Flowering shrubs, 14 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs: More Than 1500 Outstanding Garden Plants (Hardcover)
Bought for my husband's birthday excellent value,he is really pleased with it. Came very quickly a good all round book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gardeners guide, 22 Feb 2013
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A gift for my wife packed with information and great photographs to give you colour every month. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly illustrated and informative, 14 Jan 2013
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This is THE definitive guide to flowering plants, large and small. Every single one illustrated with explanations and a formidable index/table at the end. A must for anyone that wants to have a flowering plant, anywhere!
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