Perennial Garden Plants or the Modern Florilegium Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004
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Best for Knowledge - Beats the internet for concise and useful facts about any plant you might want to grow. (BBC Gardens Illustrated)
About the Author
Graham Stuart Thomas, who died in April 2003, is revered as one of the greatest gardeners of the 20th century. His 'unrivalled plantsmanship' brought him the highest horticultural honours and as Gardens Adviser to the National Trust he was directly responsible for the conservation and restoration of many of the finest gardens in England.
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The book does not sound like 'a good read', being simply an alphabetical list of perennials. However I often find myself saying 'Let's see what GST thinks of this variety' and grab the book to see how his assessment compares with that of those who are hawking the plant.
The work might be regarded as outdated in that many more recent varieties are not included. This does not seem to me to be a particular disadvantage for what one might call the 'serious gardener'. There is enough tempting information to send one searching for particular plants which have been in cultivation long enough for their weaknesses to have been noted and explored.
The writing is never opinionated but displays an obvious and easy familiarity with a wide range of plants.
In my opinion the book is wonderful. An ideal present for those about to become more 'serious' about their gardens.
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, plant hardiness and more make interesting reading, and the book includes grasses and ferns listed separately. Also included are various lists such as suggestions for other garden books, nurserymen and more.
This may not be the best illustrated book, but the book is not about pictures, it is about informed comment, at at that it succeeds 100%. It is always one of the first books I turn to for information on and assessments of perennial plants.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You'd better buy this book if you really want to learn more and more about garden plants and how to use them in the gardens.Published on 11 Dec. 2013 by Dughi