Reviews of Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials
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Great gardening and indentification reference. The most helpful part to me is the "Growing Perennials". As a relatively new gardener it was most helpful to me just getting started, as I already had the perennials planted, and just needed a reference about how to care for them. Very nice encyclopedia to boot. The only change I would make to the encyclopedia is, include more information about such things as pests and diseases common to the plant in question, and winterizing requirements for it. I live in a very cold and snowy area and need more info on how to care for them through winter months. Otherwise, great book! Definitely a must have for any gardener's library, whether newbie or experienced gardener.
This book is an excellent reference on Perennials. It assists in the identification and maintenance of a wide selection of perennials. I would recommend this book as an addition to the gardening library.
This is an excellent resource. I bought this book when I started gardening and used it to teach myself a good portion of what I know about gardening. 6 years later, I still refer to it when researching new plants. It's got lots of great garden designs included as well a large encyclopedia detailing a lot of perennials. It also has lot's of information including how to treat various plant diseases, how to maintain your soil, how to propogate and maintain your perennials, etc.
I would highly recommend this book to any gardener that uses perennials in their gardens (don't we all???).
I use the book extensively to help me recall the names and other information regarding the perennials I have. The full-color photographs are excellent for identification, and the comments about the various varieties are extensive.