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Another quality book from Allan Armitage and Timber Press. A helpful reference work for those looking to incorporate North American native plants or to plant all North American native plants in their gardens. Selected on the basis of availability, some plants are still challenging to locate (I've been trying!). Excellent notes on propagation and maintenance; educational for the beginner. Armitage's sense of humor and joy in teaching come through the text, which is refreshing for a reference volume. Terrific series of sources and resources and useful lists (from drought-tolerant plants to "plants less palatable to deer"). Ferns and grasses are not treated in depth, as this text is oriented toward the perennial flower gardener looking to incorporate more North American native plants in his or her garden. Definitely needs the accompaniment of a good fern book, like Mickel's Ferns for American Gardens, a regional North American native plant guide, and a good guide on sedges and grasses. I appreciate the pix, although they are, of necessity, often a bit on the small side. Very handy.