Janet Meakin Poor, Editor, Nancy Peterson Brewster, Editor Timber Press (OR) $59.95 (364p) ISBN 978-0-88192-347-6
Move over, taxus; watch out, juniper! These overused landscape choices will likely see less light as this volume from the Garden Club of America adds a major resource to the body of information on implementing vastly more interesting shrub materials for the landscape. Compiled through the efforts of both professional and volunteer gardeners under the direction of landscape designer Poor and photographer Brewster, this extensively illustrated, encyclopedic tome provides full descriptions--culture, landscape value and growing locale--of over 900 superior native and non-native species found throughout the country. A comprehensive section on roses describes the shrubs and the species, as well as the better-known hybrids. Notable are the nearly 700 photos, many of which show the specimen in the landscape rather than in detail. An appendix lists arboreta and gardens around the country where shrubs may be seen and codes them to shrub descriptions. The shrub index with nursery source codes and directory of nursery sources rounds out this invaluable guide. Garden Book Club main selection. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
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