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The perfect home plant encyclopaedia
on 27 December 2010
Firstly I'm reviewing the 2006 edition.
Two-thirds glossy paper with lots of photographs, with expanded sections on common families, and the remaining 1/3 plain given over to the Plant Dictionary and glossary. Well laid-out introductory sections with good explanations and lots of beautiful colour photography, making identification and comparison easy. Sections include:
How to use the book
Plant names and origins
Colour in the garden
Plant Dictionary including common names
The Plant Catalogue is divided into the following sections:
Annuals & Biennials
Cacti and other succulents.
Each section includes easy-to-understand explanations about classification and identification, etc. The Plant Dictionary is a complete listing of more than 8000 plants suitable for growing in temperate gardens worldwide. It includes full descriptions of the characteristics and cultivation of over 4000 plants not already covered in the Plant Catalogue. The 2010 edition includes an additional "how to" section covering aspects of cultivation, pruning and care, etc.
One of my all-time favourite books and an essential addition to the home library.