An excellent book. And I have an extensive gardening library. This author has done it all, in my opinion. Has a gardeners' heart PLUS he can convey it in print. No small task. The photography of his most glorious Canadian country cottage gardens are copious and sublime. He takes us through the seasons, teaching along the way, every aspect of his gardens' creation. A treasure I go back to every year.
I received this book in 1990, as a gift. I didn't get around to putting together a large scale garden until well after 2000, but this book has staid the test of time. It has been a valuable resource that I have returned to time and again over the years. I love to reread it yearly as I am planning additions to the garden in the winter, before ordering plants and seeds. It includes hundreds of perennials, biennials, and bulbs that will successfully grow in central Ontario and describes how to prepare the soil, start the plants from seed or cuttings, and the growing conditions for each perennial. Although it is a resource, it is also enjoyable to read. The perennials are listed in the order that they will bloom, so that you can plan your garden with continual bloom. Of all the gardening books out there - if you live in Ontario, or a similar zone - this is one book you should not be without.