From the inside flap
Ornamental grasses include a striking array of textures, forms, sizes, and colors. The multi-season interest of grasses is unsurpassed, and their luminous qualities and waving response to wind and breezes add to their unique appeal.
This encyclopedia by a distinguished American horticulturist is the most authoritative and best-illustrated reference ever published on ornamental grasses. Rick Darke has been studying and photographing grasses in gardens and native landscapes around the world for more than 20 years, and this book includes the best 500 photographs from Darke's collection of nearly 15,000...
This book is intended for gardeners in a wide range of situations and climates, and draws from the experience and creativity of great gardens and gardeners around the world. It is an invaluable tool for landscape architects, garden designers, nursery professionals, and home gardeners who seek to extend their knowledge of these beautiful and useful plants.
Really useful when you're trying to choose a grass or learn about species with which you're unfamiliar. Darke is pretty upfront about pros and cons--he'll tell you if a grass is self-seeding or sprawling in habit. Great pictures of just about every cultivar that he discusses, too!
I attended one of Rick Dark'es presentations about using grasses in the landscape and just had to have this book afterwards. Fantastic information and ideas, this is one book I will never regret paying full price for!