Two April paperbacks, both by Theodore James Jr., provide all the dirt on the successful cultivation of two popular flowers—Tulip and Iris ($17.95 each). Central Park: An American Masterpiece (May, $45) by Sarah Cedar Miller celebrates the 150th anniversary of an American landmark by the official historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy. A Gardener's Labyrinth: Portraits of People, Plants and Places (June, $85) by Tessa Traeger and Patrick Kinmonth is a sumptuous, slipcased volume (from Abrams/Booth-Cibborn Editions) that tours 50 gardens exemplifying the past, present and future of British Garden design.


Out this month are two paperback titles by Allan A. Swenson that clearly offer everything: The Everything Gardening Book ($14.95) and The Everything Landscaping Book ($12.95) address a broad variety of topics in easy-to-follow instructions.


Gardener's Latin: A Lexicon (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Bill Neal, which sold more than 60,000 hardcover copies since its 1992 publication, runs the horticultural gamut from abbreviatus to zonatus.


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Jamie Durie, host of Australia's #1 gardening TV show, Backyard Blitz (and a former Cirque du Soleil acrobat), presents a collection of 35 gardens he has designed around the world—from large commercial projects to inner-city courtyards—in Patio: Garden Design and Inspiration (May $29.95). (For more on Durie and his design firm, check out www.Patio.com.au.)


Speaking of Australia: A wide variety of unusual flora—and methods for cultivation in all climes—can be found in The Australian Garden: Designing with Australian Plants by Diana Snape (June, $39.50).

From Frances Lincoln Publishers: Novices can put aside their concerns as Paul Thompson lays the groundwork for Creating Your First Garden; Anthony Archer-Willis combines an imaginative test, sound technical advice and drawings in The Water Gardener (Mar., $24.95 each). Full-page photos illustrate Rosemary Verey's inspiring text in A Gardener's Book of Days (Apr., $19.95). Two notable gardens are explored in Planting Schemes from Monet's Garden by Vivian Russell and Planting Schemes from Sissinghurst by Tony Lord (Apr., $19.95 each paper). Famous artists take center stage as Derek Fell tells modern gardeners how to re-create the Impressionist vision in The Impressionist Garden (Apr., $24.95 paper). From Impressionism to Romanticism: Graham Rose makes a lot of scents in The Romantic Garden: A Guide to Creating a Beautiful and Private Garden (Apr., $19.95 paper). Herbalists can glean practical tips and sound advice from The Herb Garden (Apr., $19.95 paper) by Sarah Garland and Herb Garden Design (May., $24.95 paper) by Ethne Clark, photos by Clive Nichols. Penelope Hobhouse groups more than 1,000 plants according to their coloration to best achieve Colour in Your Garden (Apr., $29.95 paper). Some especially vivid hues can be found in Extreme Horticulture (May, $50) by John Pfahl, a photographic survey of the natural landscape at its boldest, most bizarre and most exuberant. Take a walk on the wild(flower) side with the informative advice in Making a Wildflower Meadow (June, $26.95) by Pam Lewis. Things could always be verse, as such diverse writers as Shakespeare and Sylvia Plath offer their contributions to The Royal Horticultural Society Treasury of Verse (June, $19.95).

From The National Trust: Bill Malecki collects international plants now grown at National Trust properties in the U.K. in The World in a Garden: 40 of the Best Cultivated Plants from Around the Globe (June, $15).


In text and more than 200 photos, Page Dickey's Breaking Ground: Garden Design Solutions from Ten Contemporary Masters (Mar., $24.95 paper) showcases the evolving world of professional garden design.


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A popular gardening niche is addressed by Kerstin P. Ouellet in Contain Yourself: 101 Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Container Gardens (Apr., $24.95), which offers easy-to-follow "recipes" accompanied by color photos.


Here's a handy plant book with a twist: Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants (Mar., $24.95) by Peter Hiscock presents a detailed, heavily illustrated directory of hundreds of aquarium plants with instructions on growing and propagating.


Nori and Sandra Pope use their own Hadspen Garden (in Somerset, England) as a model for Color in the Garden: Planting with Color in the Contemporary Garden (Feb., $24.95 paper), whose nine chapters are each devoted to a single hue. In the paperback reprint of Rejuvenating a Garden (Mar., $22.50), Stephen Anderton reveals how to deal with a garden at any stage of its life.


Octogenarian Elisabeth Sheldon, a gardener for more than 30 years, discusses her avocation in Time and the Gardener: Writings on a Lifelong Passion (Mar., $25). Due next month is the paperback reprint of Two Gardeners: A Friendship in Letters ($14), which collects the 20-year correspondence between Southern garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence and New Yorker editor and columnist (and wife of E.B. White) Katharine S. White.


In Seeds of Fortune: A Gardening Dynasty (June, $29.95), Sue Shepherd blends gardening and commerce in the intriguing tale of an 18th-century Scottish family that became the foremost European cultivators and hybridizers of their day—and whose business expanded over five generations into the Americas, Australia, India, Japan and China.


Landscape gardener, worm composter and graphic designer (talk about multitasking) Ellen Sandbeck shows how to design and cultivate what she calls "a paradise garden... designed to produce bliss" in Eat More Dirt: Diverting and Instructive Tips for Growing and Tending an Organic Garden (Feb., $10.95 paper).


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The publisher adds three titles to its redesigned and re-named Brooklyn Botanic All-Region Guides series (formerly the 21st Century Gardening series)—trade paperbacks at $9.95. Out this month is Annuals for Every Garden, edited by Scott D. Appell, which identifies classic and cutting-edge bloomers; due in June is The Butterfly Gardener's Guide (June), edited by Claire Hagen Doyle, which provides detailed info on transforming a garden into a haven for butterflies. September brings Pruning Trees, Shrubs, and Vines, a detailed guide in which Karan D. Cutler tackles even the most difficult plants, such as roses and clematis.


Allan A. Swenson combines wisdom from the Bible with America's most popular hobby in Herbs of the Bible and How to Grow Them (May, $12.95).


Exploring color schemes that whetted the genius of artists from Monet to Van Gogh, Sydney Eddison transforms dull patches into richly hued mosaics with The Gardener's Palette (May, $29.95). Those ever-popular plants that return year after year receive another acclamation in Perennials All Season: Planning and Planting an Ever-Blooming Garden (Feb., $34.95) by Douglas Green. The traditional turf lawn will soon be a thing of the past, declare Andy Wasowski and Sally Wasowski in The Landscaping Revolution: Garden with Mother Nature, Not Against Her (Mar., $17.95 paper). City dwellers and suburbanites can make the most of yards, decks and other areas with Gaining Ground: Dramatic Landscaping Solutions to Maximize Garden Spaces (Mar., $17.95 paper) by Maureen Gilmer.


Down-to-earth info can be found in two additions to the American Horticultural Society Practical Guides series—Plants from Cuttings and Pruning and Training Ornamental Plants (Feb., $9 each paper). Also coming from the AHS are American Horticultural Society Plants for Every Season: 1,000 Recommended Plants for Color All Year Round (Apr., $18) and, in a profusely illustrated new series designed to target specific gardening locales, American Horticultural Society Northwest: SmartGarden Regional Guides and ...Northeast... (Aug., $30 each paper). Noted floral designer Malcolm Hiller offers bouquets of inventive ideas and practical advice for novice and expert alike in Flowers for the Home (Apr., $20), while journalist and gardening writer Monty Don explains how to create a self-sustainable, environmentally friendly garden in The Complete Gardener (Mar., $40).


For those who'd like to retire their lawn mowers, Liz Primeau presents a compelling argument—complete with case histories and inspiring photos—for Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass (Mar.; $35, paper $24.95). Thumbs black instead of green? You'll want Tough Plants: Unkillable Plants for Every Garden (Mar.; $29.95, paper $21.95), in which Sharon Amos addresses particular "trouble spots" as well as entire plots that seem hostile to growth. Susan Berry evidently believes that bigger is better, as she outlines plans for achieving dramatic effects with plants that grow to five feet in Giant Perennials: Star Performers for the Garden (Mar.; $29.95, paper $21.95). Along similar lines is Climbing Gardens: Adding Height and Structure to Your Garden (Mar.; $29.95, paper $19.95), in which Joan Clifton explores the many varieties and uses of climbers and provides step-by-step instructions for 20 projects. Some 40 projects—from low-maintenance containers to more ambitious moving designs—can be found in The Water Garden Encyclopedia: The Guide to Designing, Constructing, Planting and Maintaining Garden Ponds and Water Features of Every Type (Mar.; $45, paper $29.95) by Philip Swindells. Discover how to cultivate attractive ornamental plants in Bulbs by Marco Leone and Roses (Mar., $24.95 each paper) by Orietta Sala, additions to the Firefly Guides series. The price is right, according to Geoff Bryant's Plant Propagation A to Z: Growing Plants for Free (Mar., $35), which covers techniques and info about more than 1,000 suitable garden plants. What's in a name? Plenty, as budding botanists can discover through the 30,000 terms in The Firefly Dictionary of Plant Names: Common and Botanical (Feb., $24.95 paper). Speaking of botanical: Fruit: An Illustrated History (Sept., $60) by Peter Blackburne-Maze and Flora: Compact Edition (Sept., $24.95) by Brent Elliott are strikingly illustrated with historic collections of botanical prints. (The latter title is a smaller version of the publisher's 2001 title, Flora: An Illustrated History of the Garden Flower.)


Xeriscaping in difficult climes and elevations is made easier by David Wann in The Zen of Gardening in the High & Arid West: Tips, Tools and Techniques (Apr., $17.95 paper). Indigenous plants can also help resolve area-specific problems, and Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin identify some 150 appropriate species with Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens (May, $29.95 paper), which is published in partnership with The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Rejuvenation is the motto for Ruby Weinberg, who puts it to work in The Garden Reborn: Advice for Bringing New Life to Old Gardens (Oct., $19.95 paper).


Each section in Miranda Seymour's A Brief History of Thyme and Other Herbs (Apr., $14.95 paper) covers a single herb—characteristics, growing habits, effects and the history of its use.


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Four March titles in the Country Living Gardener series plow a broad field of topics: Country Living Gardener: Courtyard Gardens ($29.95) by Toby Musgrave, ...Dreamscaping: 25 Easy Designs for Home Gardens ($29.95) by Ruth Rogers Clausen, ...The Successful Herb Gardener: Growing and Using Herbs—Quickly & Easily ($24.95) by Sally Roth and ...Window Gardens: For Windows, Walls, Decks and Balconies ($29.95) by Steve Roberts and Jane Forster. New-to-paper editions are Country Living Gardener: Tips, Tasks & Timetables for a Beautiful Garden (Apr., $17.95) by Penelope O'Sullivan, which touches on everything from trees to grasses and vegetables; Country Living: Country Gardening: Classic Flowers, Modern Techniques, Timeless Beauty (Mar., $19.95) by Nina Williams and Rebecca R. Sawyer; and House Beautiful: Glorious Garden Design (Mar., $19.95) by the editors of House Beautiful.


The venerable Taylor's Guides series adds what promises to be a distinguished entry in this nearly 70-year-old line—the hefty (608 pages) Taylor's Encyclopedia of Plants (Nov., $50), edited by Frances Tenenbaum (see interview, p. 36).


Here's a book by an author who clearly knows his, um, turf: The Lawn Bible: How to Keep Your Lawn Green, Groomed and Growing Every Season of the Year (Apr., $16.95 paper) is by David R. Mellor, who has cared for the parks and fields used by the California Angels, the Green Bay Packers and other teams; he's currently the master groundskeeper at Boston's Fenway Park.


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Bringing the outdoors in, gardeners can perfect a water garden in a punch bowl or even re-create the hanging gardens of Babylon on a tiered cake plate by following the directions in Beautiful Tabletop Gardens (Apr., $24.95) by Janice Eaton Kilby.


Herbs, vegetables and fruits enliven the diet thanks to From the Garden to the Table: Growing, Cooking and Eating Your Own Food (Apr., $22.95 paper) by Monty and Sarah Don. Pots and containers come in handy with Small-Space Gardening: How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers in Any Area (Apr., $24.95) by Peter Loewer. Marianne Majerus starts from scratch in Seeds: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Successfully from Seed (Apr., $22.95 paper). Heroes of the gardening world earn the nod from George Drower when he discusses Garden of Invention: the Stories of Garden Inventors & Their Innovations (Apr., $18.95).


First printings of 40,000 copies launched January's Better Homes and Gardens Garden Rooms: Imagine, Plan, Build, Decorate ($19.95 paper), ...Garden Decorating: How to Add Beauty, Structure and Function to Your Garden ($19.95 paper), ...Garden Color: How to Create the Bold, Beautiful Garden You've Always Wanted ($19.95 paper) and ...Bird Gardens: A Year-Round Guide to Creating an Alluring Haven for Birds ($16.95 paper). Another January quartet includes Ortho The Perennials Book: Planning, Using, Growing, How-to, Garden Designs ($19.95 paper), Ortho The Water Gardening Book: Building, Growing, How-to, Projects ($19.95 paper), Ortho's All About Creating Japanese Gardens ($11.95 paper) and Ortho's All About Creating Natural Landscapes ($11.95 paper). Dozens of additional projects are proposed in Better Homes and Gardens Garden Style Ideas (Mar., $14.95 paper), Ortho Indoor & Outdoor Lighting Solutions (Mar., $11.95 paper), Ortho Start-to-Finish Paths & Walkways (Mar., $11.95 paper) and Ortho Start-to-Finish Sheds & Gazebos (Mar., $11.95 paper).


Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire, selects four more titles for the Modern Library Gardening Series. In the Land of the Blue Poppies: The Collected Plant Hunting Writings of Frank Kingdon-Ward (Mar., $13.95 paper) gathers the British explorer's adventures on his many exotic expeditions. Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden (Mar., $11.95 paper) by Reginald Arkell restores a book that has been out of print for over 50 years. Short essays for every night of the year make up The Gardener's Bed-Book (May, $11.95 paper) by Richardson Wright, who was editor of House and Garden magazine in the 1920s and 30s. Out of print since 1856, The American Gardener (May, $11.95 paper) by William Cobbett might just be the very first work of American garden lit.


National Geographic Moments: Gardens (Oct., $12.95) is the first entry in the National Geographic Moments series, collectible photography books that will feature previously unpublished photos from the National Geographic's archives; this title's photos, which spotlight both public and private gardens, date back to the 1920s.


Original artwork by flower portraitist Pamela Stagg graces the pages of Roses: A Celebration (Nov., $30), edited by Wayne Winterrowd, which collects the writings of 33 respected gardeners reflecting on their favorite rose varieties.


In Modern Landscape (May, $75), Michael Spens examines a number of contemporary projects by noted designers to illustrate the ways in which landscape architecture has broken new ground.


Salt tolerance, exotic invasives, medicinal properties and tasty edibles are among the cultivated considerations in Marie Harrison's Gardening in the Coastal South (Feb., $14.95 paper), which is based on her own personal growing methods.


In his first book, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home: Creating a Garden for Everyday Living (Feb., $29.95), the TV personality and professional garden designer shows how to make garden "rooms" for relaxing, entertaining and more. In Wild Flowers: Projects and Inspirations (Feb., $25), David Stark and Avi Adler encourage readers to unleash their creativity by making "cool stuff" with flowers and everyday objects. From such early horticulturists as Vita Sackville-West and Gertrude Jekyll to today's noted practitioners, Andrew Wilson profiles Influential Gardeners: The Designers Who Shaped 20th-Century Garden Style (Apr., $45). One particularly influential contributor to this category, Ken Druse, shares his thoughts on the many ways in which gardening affects our lives in Ken Druse: The Passion for Gardening—Recreation for a Lifetime (Oct., $50).


Private Landscapes: Modernist Gardens in Southern California (Feb., $40) by Pamela Burton and Marie Botnick profiles 20 significant gardens—and their accompanying houses—designed by a number of noted architects.


For Shade and for Comfort: Democratizing Horticulture in the Nineteenth Century (Aug., $34.95) by Cheryl Lyon-Jenness explores the burst of horticultural interest between 1850 and 1880 and documents that influence on Midwestern landscapes.


Landscape architect James van Sweden believes in wedding the garden to the home, and he demystifies how to do that with Architecture in the Garden (Jan., $39.95), which depicts many case studies to stress all the angles, curves, topography and added elements that combine to create a domestic paradise.


Such obstacles as space, budget and time constraints can be weeded out as mere trifles with the strategies in The Country Garden: How to Plan and Plant a Garden That Grows Itself by Charlie Ryrie, and time really is no cause for concern for those using The One-Hour Garden: How You Can Have a No-Fuss, No-Work Garden by Joanna Smith (Feb., $26.95 each). The editors of Reader's Digest identify nearly 200 suitable plants in Container Gardening for All Seasons: How to Plan, Plant and Grow Imaginative Container Displays for Year-Round Color (Apr., $29.95). A pair of $19.95 paper reprints for February are Reader's Digest Ideas for Your Garden by the editors of Reader's Digest and The Complete Container Garden by David Joyce.


From apple mint to zucchini and zinnias, Kim Nelson's plant recommendations are sure to add particular zest to one's Southwest Kitchen Garden (Jan., $19.95), illustrated with striking mixed-media paintings by Cynthia Miller.


More than 300 color photos by Melba Levick adorn the pages of Great Gardens in Small Spaces: California Havens (July, $45) by Karen Dardick.


The Gardener's Weather Bible (Feb., $21.95 paper) by Sally Roth offers gardeners all the information they need to cheat their local weather conditions and produce outstanding gardens no matter what comes their way. Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time (May, $19.95) by Debra Landwehr Engle collections 20 inspirational stories from gardeners around the country. Joey Green's Gardening Magic (Sep., $14.95 paper) offers practical gardening tips, many using household items, from the man who taught Jay Leno to shave with Jif peanut butter and Rosie O'Donnell to condition her hair with Reddi-Whip.

Reprints:Attracting Birds to Your Backyard: 536 Ways to Create a Haven for Your Favorite Birds (Feb., $16.95 paper) by Sally Roth; Perennials for Every Purpose (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Larry Hodgson; The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible (May, $18.95 paper) by Sally Roth; 1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips: Timeless Bits of Wisdom on How to Grow Everything Organically, from the Good Old Days When Everyone Did (May, $16.95 paper), edited by Roger Yepsen; Annuals for Every Purpose (Aug., $16.95 paper) by Larry Hodgson; Growing Roses Organically (Nov., $19.95 paper) by Barbara Wilde.


The Painted Garden (Mar., $17.95) by Mary Woodin includes records of planting and harvesting, sketches of herbs together with their uses and more. Luck can be yours with The Four-Leaf Clover Kit (Mar., $4.95), which contains a trivia- and fact-filled book plus seeds for growing clover.


Escaping the daily grind made easy: Stephanie Donaldson explains the many virtues of Peaceful Gardens: Transform Your Outside Space into a Haven of Calm and Tranquility (Mar., $24.95). Adam Carlin and Celia Brooks Brown cleverly combine their backgrounds in horticulture and food, respectively, in New Kitchen Garden: Gardening and Cooking with Organic Herbs, Vegetables, and Fruit (Mar., $24.95). Richard Bird provides still more bounty in The Kitchen Garden, with ideas for creating a variety of decorative and productive plots; and he offers olfactory satisfaction via the 20 simple, sweet-smelling projects in The Scented Garden (Apr., $14.95 each). Exemplary garden literature of the past five centuries is collected in Sweet Days and Roses (May., $16.95), edited by Leslie Geddes-Brown.


Tulip: 70 Stunning Varieties of the World's Favorite Flower (Mar., $19.95) by Liz Dobbs recounts these flowers' history, tells how to grow them and showcases the various varieties.


Got big gardening dreams but practically no room? The possibilities for little spaces are enormous, proclaims Seattle Post-Intelligencer gardening columnist Marty Wingate in Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens (Feb., $21.95 paper). For five decades Pacific Northwest gardening guru Ed Hume has shared his knowledge on TV and radio; now he's set down his expertise in Gardening with Ed Hume: Northwest Gardening Made Easy ((Mar., $24.95 paper). From creating a sketch map to installing a watering system, Kate Anchordoguy covers it all in Dig This! Landscaping Without a Backhoe or a Big Budget for Northern California and Beyond (Mar., $19.95 paper).


As it spans the seasons in the life of every gardener, Gardening in Eden: The Joys of Planning and Tending a Garden (Feb., $22) by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II presents meditations and anecdotes laced with down-to-earth advice for gardeners of all stripes.


Sue Fisher promises instant gardening gratification in Fast Plants: Choosing and Growing Plants for Gardens in a Hurry (Feb., $16 paper).


Craig Coussins, author of Bonsai for Beginners, returns with a comprehensive set of more instructions for basics and beyond in Bonsai School (Mar., $29.95). Dave Joyce gets into the act, too, with The Art of Natural Bonsai: Replicating Nature's Beauty (May, $27.95).

From Cassell Illustrated: Penelope Hobhouse, John Brooks and five other experts contribute to Designing Borders (May, $29.95) by Noel Kingsbury, which addresses every climate, season and taste. Living works of art in six basic styles can be realized with Bonsai (May, $9.95 paper) by Jon Ardle. An additional trio of May titles outline specific plant demands in Hardy Geraniums by David Hibberd, Irises by Sidney Linnegar and Jennifer Hewitt and Primroses & Auriculas by Peter Ward ($9.95 each paper).

From Conran: Digging Deeper: Understanding How Your Garden Works (May, $29.95) by Paul Williams answers such questions as: Why does too much water kill plants? Whether it's from the orange leopard lily in summer or flame-stemmed dogwood in winter, a garden can glow throughout the year with A Shortcut to Perfect Planting: Spectacular Ideas for Every Season (May, $29.95) by Rob Cassy.

From Guild of Master Craftsman: No climate or landscape is out of bounds for Hardy Palms and Palm-Like Plants (May, $24.95 paper) by Martyn Graham. One of the most seductive of all plants yields its secrets in Success with Orchids: In the Conservatory and Greenhouse (May, $19.95 paper) by Mark Isaac Williams. From establishing wildlife havens to bog gardens, techniques and practical advice flow from Roger Sweetinburgh's Water Garden Projects: From Groundwork to Planting (Apr., $16.95 paper).

From Hamlyn: BBC-TV personality Sue Fisher has helped gardeners brighten their homes and yards for two decades, and with Garden Color: Choosing Stunning Color Combinations for Your Garden (Mar., $19.95) she sets it all down on the page for planters everywhere. Demonstrating just how simple it can be, Joanna Smith recommends strategies for building The Brand New Garden: From Bare Plot to Stylish Garden in 5 Easy Steps (Apr., $14.95 paper). Even the tiniest of spaces can get a lift with Small Trees: Choosing—Planting—Care—Expert Advice (May, $14.95 paper) by Peter McHoy.

From Vega: The restorative powers of nature receive their full due in The Healing Garden: Natural Healing for the Mind, Body and Soul (May, $14.95 paper) by David Squire and A Harvest of Healing Foods: Recipes and Remedies for the Mind, Body and Soul (May, $14.95 paper) by Christine McFadden and Kathleen Zelman.

From Weidenfeld & Nicolson: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall journeys through time in The Garden: An English Love Affair: One Thousand Years of Gardening (May, $34.95), as she studies garden styles from medieval times through the present.


Smaller is definitely better according to Su Chin Ee's Creating Bonsai Landscapes: 20 Miniature Garden Projects (Mar., $24.95 paper). Secrets for growing blooms of many species are revealed in The Flower Gardener's Bible: Time-Tested Techniques, Creative Designs and Perfect Plants for Colorful Gardens (Mar.; $37.50, paper $27.50) by Lewis and Nancy Hill. Themed gardens that thrive without great blasts of sun are the focus of Shady Retreats: 20 Plans for Colorful, Private Spaces in Your Backyard (May, $19.95 paper) by Barbara Ellis. Catriona Tudor Erler encourages an appealing integration of water and land with Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Swimming Pool and Spa (May; $29.95, paper $19.95).


Designing for year-round success is the focus of Kathleen Norris Brenzel's Gardening in the Northwest (Jan., $19.95 paper), which includes microclimate maps and detailed descriptions for seven regions. Good news for busy gardeners: none of the 80 projects outlined in Reinvent Your Garden (Jan., $19.95 paper) by Sunset Editors requires more than a weekend to accomplish. Anglophiles, take note: now you can create a comfy, English country look with Cottage Gardens (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Sunset editors. Endorsed by the American Rose Society, Roses (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Sunset editors profiles more than 390 rose varieties recommended by experts from around the country. Bonsai (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Sunset Editors covers the underlying principles of this ancient art, with detailed instructions for growing and training. Southern Living Big Book of Flower Gardening (Feb., $29.95 paper) by the editors of Southern Living features monthly checklists, secrets to successful annuals and perennials, and the best combinations for year-round blooms.


Three January paperbacks extend this Massachusetts publisher's reach into the gardening field—Jeni Webber offers suggestions for creating an inviting entry, design foundation plantings, etc. in Taunton's Front Yard Idea Book ($19.95); some 15 designers share their "little" secrets in Fine Gardening Design Guides: Gardening in Small Spaces ($17.95) by the Editors of Fine Gardening; and John Fech lays grandiose green groundwork in Taunton's Lawn Guide: Maintaining a Great-Looking Yard ($16.95).


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The hugely varied climates throughout George W.'s home state pose challenges to arborists, but these problems and more are solved by Howard Garrett in Texas Trees (Jan., $29.95), a Lone Star book. Elizabeth Abler, a lifetime judge with the American Rose Society, relieves gardeners of unnecessary intimidation with Secrets of the Miniature Rose (May, $17.95 paper). Stan DeFreitas updates and revises information gathered in the upcoming third edition of Complete Guide to Florida Gardening (June, $24.95).


The number of Americans subject to allergies has exploded from 5% to 38% of the populace in the past 40 years, but it has been determined that when female plants are propagated alongside male trees and shrubs, much of the pollen is absorbed. Thus, Thomas Leo Ogren proposes Safe Sex in the Garden: And Other Propositions for an Allergy-Free World (Apr., $14.95 paper).


Installations both grand and small splash throughout George Plumptre's The Water Garden: Styles, Designs and Visions (May, $24.95 paper), which features photos by Hugh Palmer. Examples from Europe, Japan, the U.S. and elsewhere offer acres of fresh ideas in Modern Garden Design: Innovation Since 1900 (May, $40) by Janet Waymark. Louisa Jones presents premier designs developed over a decade of annual Chaumont festivals in France with Reinventing the Garden: Chaumont—Global Inspirations from the Loire (Sept., $45).


Kimberly Schaye and Christopher Losee forsook their Brooklyn roof garden to battle mulch, bugs, snow and deer on a Hudson Valley farm, and they lived to tell about it in Stronger Than Dirt: How One Urban Couple Grew a Business, a Family and a New Way of Life from the Ground Up (Apr., $14 paper).


Nurturing the most comely aspects of traditional and unusual plants is the aim of Complete Encyclopedia of Garden Flowers by Kate Bryant. The ability to adapt and the virtue of wild beauty are two of the traits cited in Trees and Shrubs: Illustrated A—Z of Over 8,500 Plants (Apr., $24.98 each), for which Ernie Wasson consulted.


Bang the drums! Toss the bouquets! It's not every day that an independent publisher celebrates its 25th anniversary, and that's just what's going on with this Portland, Ore.-based house. The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs (Jan., $39.95) by Tracy DiSabato-Aust provides not only inspiration but scrupulously organized information on design and connoisseur plants. In Consider the Leaf: Foliage in Garden Design (Feb., $24.95), Judy Glattstein explains basic leaf shapes and how to balance them pleasingly. "Plants can't read the information on their tags," quips David Francko in Palms Won't Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-Climate Plants for Cooler Areas (Mar., $27.95), which helps adventurous gardeners grow plants they never dreamed possible. More on palms: Robert Lee Riffle and Paul Craft describe in detail some 890 species in An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms (Mar., $49.95). Even in a small garden you can create a great-looking, sustainable ecosystem—and create a natural haven, says Noel Kingsbury in Natural Gardening in Small Spaces (Apr., $29.95). A pair of April releases treats two popular species—Climbing Roses of the World ($34.95) by Charles Quest-Ritson and The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden ($29.95) by Betsy Clebsch. Definitely barking up the right tree is Hugues Vaucher, who identifies the rich variety of colors, patterns and textures to be found in Tree Bark: A Color Guide (May, $39.95). Can't get away to the tropics this year? Check out Tropical Flowering Plants: A Guide to Identification and Cultivation (Aug., $69.95) by Kirsten Albrecht Llamas for that "almost there" feeling. Or maybe grow such lovelies yourself, with the help of Tony Avent's So You Want to Start a Nursery (Aug., $27.95). Water Features for Small Gardens (Sept., $29.95) by Keith Davitt offers the dews and don'ts, while Antoine le Hardy de Beaulieu discourses on a perennially popular tree in The Illustrated Guide to Maples (Oct., $69.95). Finally, talk about a magnum opus—Flora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia (Sept., $99.95) is a slipcased, two-volume work (approximately 1600 pages) containing exhaustive information on more than 20,000 plants and illustrated with more than 10,000 photos.


Color photos and care guidance celebrate 200 species in Trees for Yard and Garden (Apr., $29.95) by John Cushnie.

From Crowood Press: Even the most inexperienced gardener can turn to Fuchsias: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide (Mar., $22.95) by Carol Gubler, while the more adventurous who want to create their own greenery will learn how hybridizing works with Breeding New Plants and Flowers (Apr., $35) by Charles W. Welch. Armchair gardeners can follow their dreams in Garden Plants for Mediterranean Climates (Apr., $55) by Graham Payne.

From Headline: Insisting that gardens can demonstrate eye appeal during all 12 months, Pippa Greenwood tells how in A Garden for All Seasons: Create a Year-Round Beautiful Garden (Mar., $29.95). The more than 60,000 visitors who travel to Rutland, England, to view a notable estate will renew their memories with A Year at Barnsdale: The Inspiring Legacy of Geoff Hamilton's Beautiful Garden (Mar., $29.95) by Tony Hamilton. Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor explain what's truly important to capitalize on a garden's natural assets in The Curious Gardeners' Six Elements of Garden Design (Sept., $35).


Poisonous energies can be avoided at the same time that love lives and personal finances can be enhanced, says Antonia Beattie, by following the principles laid out in Feng Shui Garden Design (June, $18.95).


Ever wonder what's behind those elegant private gates in Tinseltown? Find out by perusing Secret Gardens of Hollywood and Other Private Oases in Los Angeles (July, $45) by Adele Cygelman, photos by Erica Lennard.


Garden Perennials for the Coastal South (Oct.; $39.95, paper $24.95) by Barbara Sullivan combines helpful advice with an A—Z plant guide to more than 1,000 varieties.


Norman Winter selects unbeatable bloomers for Dixie states and environs in Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South (Mar., $28).


All the garden news that's fit to print is the claim issued by TheNew York Times1,000 Gardening Questions and Answers (Apr.; $34.95, paper $19.95) by the Garden Editors of the New York Times with additional material by Leslie Land. Sharon Lovejoy suggests sprinkling baby powder over seedlings to discourage a rabbit's appetite—just one of the hints she offers in Trowel & Error: Over 700 Shortcuts, Tips & Remedies for the Gardener (Apr., $13.95 paper).