Author(s): Tony Rodd & Kate Bryant
Take the guesswork out of choosing the right plants for your garden with The Essential Plant Guide, a fully revised compact edition of the bestselling The Ultimate Plant Book.
This comprehensive reference looks at every plant group from trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to vegetables, herbs, bulbs, and climbers. It features a wealth of popular plants that gardeners all over the world enjoy growing. The plants are arranged alphabetically by genus within each group, and there is information on the habitat, appearance, and cultivation of each genus. Large colour photographs make it easy for gardeners to identify the different types of plants and to picture them in their own garden.
The Essential Plant Guide also contains sensible advice on planning and preparing the garden, handy lists of plants suitable for all types of growing conditions, and every genus entry comes with a table of the most popular species and cultivars.
Tony Rodd is a former Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a freelance consultant for the last 20 years, specializing in plant identification and acting as editorial consultant for reference books. Kate Bryant has contributed to numerous gardening books including the two-volume Flora encyclopedia, The Oregonian, and lifestyle magazines such as Portland Monthly, in which her column and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear. Kate also runs a garden design, maintenance, and consulting business in Portland, Oregon.