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This is my favorite of Ms. Harpers books. It has inspired me to try many of the plants she recommends in my own garden. I also had the pleasure of meeting her in person, when she did a speech with slides from this book, and she is a wonderful, gracious lady.
Some of the most valuable books are those by authors who actually garden and who are not afraid to express an opinion. This is one of those books. Most of the photos are of her selection of plants, shrubs and trees successfully growing on her own property in Virginia. My garden is on Long Island, which is considered zone 6-7, and I found many of her comments to apply to my area also. I used this book as a guide to what might work well for me and what plants to seek out; after all, you can't plant them all! Also check out her book on combinations: Color Echoes.
For any Virginia gardener, this is a must have. For anyone else in a Zone 7 to 8 garden, this should be equally helpful. Pamela Harper travels through the year and shows her gardens, telling what has worked and what hasn't. She places emphasis on color combination as well as pleasing forms and the photography to show examples is excellent.
I greatly enjoy reading an opinionated gardener's writing, and she has plenty to say.
I learned a great deal from this fabulous book and still turn to it to see what she has to say about her experiences with certain plants here in Virginia. I can trace many of my own plant purchases back to this book (it's good to have SOMETHING to blame).
She's a great writer, any of her books come recommended.