The wife has the RHS book of Plants and Flowers, the sister book to this. She is for ever referring to it as she models and plans the garden. This book will be used in the same way, i'm sure, which means that I cannot use either as bookends. However the brownie points for buying it for her should last well into 2015.
AN excellent volume, threatening to replace my other perennial books e.g. Graham Stuart Thomas. The biggest attraction is the incredible detail, it lists many cultivars including rare and recent. Quality pictures, this deserves to be the definitive volume for hardy planters.
This is a good reference book for those involved in the plant world. Good illustrations and easy to navigate. Working in a nursery I find this to be the book I go to for descriptions of plants, where to grow and how, I would not be without it.