This is a great book for someone with limited knowledge. The authors' senses of humor make it an easy read, and the book is easy to follow. They cover the basics of perennial design for a "real-life" person without getting terribly technical.
This is a great read. I checked it out from the library on a whim. I've been so bored with reading the same old stuff, that I almost gave up on gardening books. I read through it in just a couple of days. These ladies know their gardens! Highly recommended.
I'm thrilled that I purchased this book on an impulse. It is filled with garden designs for all different types of garden spaces. They start with basic garden design concepts and then get into actual designs for different areas. They comment on their reasoning for how they address different areas which is very informative. The authors utilize plants that are modern and also have a track record of success. Specific cultivars are named, "nepeta Walkers Low" which is a really nice touch. Plant descriptions are included and names of alternates are suggested. The table in the back of the book showing perennial colors, blooming times, heights, and light and moisture needs is worth the cost of the book alone.
The authors include a section where they describe two seasons of a few different garden projects. They remark on both their successes and plant failures. This was enlightening. The experts DO lose plants.
I loved the writing style of the authors. Very down to earth. They made me feel that this is doable. : )