I like this book! The author writes in a very casual, unassuming kind of way and seems to tell it like it is.
At over 400 pages, it contains sections on Annuals, Bulbs, Ground Covers, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Roses, Shrumbs, Trees, Turfgrasses, and Vine. In the center of the book is a series of pages with pictures of EVERY item listed.
Each plant is covered in 2 pages and provides good planting when, where, how, knowledge. Many of the pages include a "Did you know?" tidbit (Bleeding Hearts reseed themselves, I did not know this). He writes predominantly about a particular variety or cultivar for each plant (Bleeding Heart - Dicentra formosa - Luxuriant) but then also mentions other varieties (Dicentra spectabilis)
The Glossary at the end is nice, as is the Cooperative Extension office listing for each Ohio country.
Written by a longtime Ohio landscape professional, "The Gardening Book for Ohio" has particular appeal to the homeowner looking to create a nice property with plantings that are healthy and attractive.
McKeown introduces himself as a "low-maintenance, high-performance, high-color kind of (garden) guy" and then proceeds to share his insights into how to build such a garden and then on to chapters on the best basic perennials, bulbs, ground covers, roses, shrubs, vines and turfgrasses, and their appropriate culture and placements for the Ohio climate, soils and topographies.
I picked up this paperback, available at almost every garden center and bookstore here, when we first moved to Ohio. The 'fact sheet' plant culture format is easy to use and the book is a pretty good first resource for what might grow in our new Ohio garden.