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Reviews of Lois Hole's Perennial Favorites

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Author (1): Lois Hole
Author (2): Jill Fallis
Author (3): Akemi Matsubuchi (photographer)

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: June 1996
Published by: Lone Pine Publishing
List price: $15.95
ISBN Number: 1551050765



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3 positives
1 neutral
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Positive tizergardens On Feb 3, 2008, tizergardens wrote:

I discovered Lois Hole many years ago and continue to use her books. The best part is she gives down to earth ideas and suggestions for cold zones. We are in Zone 3 in Montana and all of her suggestions work in our garden.
I know I have every plant with the exception of about 2 of them listed in this book.

Positive retiredgal On Aug 4, 2007, retiredgal wrote:

I found Lois Hole's perennial book the best book I have on gardening. I like that she uses common names, but also uses the proper names. I started my flower garden about 10 years ago and didn't know much about growing perennials so her book really helped me learn. I also read alot of other books but still like Lois's books. I am from Canada so it helps me know what I can and cannot grow in zone 3.

Neutral hillfarm On Mar 31, 2006, hillfarm wrote:

I have to admit that I am not a Lois Hole fan, despite her almost cult-like following here in Canada.

She lists plants by common name, even going so far as to "make up" common names to be more user-friendly (or something ), & this is a HUGE pet peeve with me!

Some of the photos in some of her books are mis-labelled, and some of the photos do not give a very good idea of what the plant actually looks like.

The info she gives is pretty basic & sometimes the plant varieties she lists are very limited.

Her books are, to my mind, of most use to rank beginners, who will quickly move on & need more detailed information & inspiring prose.

Of my hundreds of gardening books I must admit that if I could part with any it would be the Lois Hole volumes. They are pristine; I seldom refer to them.

OK, all this said - Lois Hole's books are generally affordable & widely available & are nice generic starter volumes for beginning gardeners.

Positive echoes On Oct 3, 2004, echoes wrote:

Great book to take with you for reference when you start shopping for perennials. It covers the basics very well and is helpful for beginning gardeners.

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