|Positive ||hillfarm ||On Mar 24, 2006, hillfarm wrote:
A classic in every sense of the word, and as useful & interesting to gardeners today as when it was first published in the 1930s.
This volume is jam-packed with interesting information on hundreds (thousands?) of fragrant-flowered & -foliaged plants.
At 400 pages (including a very detailed index) there is a lot of great reading in here. LBW's prose is of the highest quality and even the plant list sections are chock full of delightful & useful anecdotes & detailed information.
Included are chapters on fragrant shrubs & climbers, night scented flowers, wildflowers, "green aromatics" (herbs), and perhaps my favourite of all, a whole chapter on bees and honey flowers. Of course all the "usual" fragrant flowers are discussed in great detail as well - roses, scented geraniums & such.
22 chapters/topics in all, including one on "Plants of Evil Odour"(!)
No photos or drawings, just solid words, words, words. But what wonderful words! On my second copy; the first is in tatters.
And I can't believe I'm only the first to rate this book on this forum.