This book is fun to read and has excellent landscaping advice. I particularly like what she has to say about creating privacy in the garden. Reading this book is like having a great conversation with a friendly, funny, and knowledgable master gardener. The author is writing from zone 5 or thereabouts, but I found plenty of useful information for my zone 9 garden. I wish I had read Mrs. Greenthumbs when I first started gardening!