Graham Thomas is at his discursive and idiosyncratic best in ths beautiful and generously illustrated volume. Here the popular asters, hostas and euphorbias rub shoulders with the rarely seen Meconopsis x cookei, Jeffersonia dubia and Dicentra chrysantha in a conversational response to the question "Which are your favorite perennial plants?" His choices will amaze some, shock others, and entertain all with odd and incidental asides that are highly relevant to successful cultivation and to the enjoyment of our gardens.
Over two hundred plants are discussed, most of them illustrated with Thomas's own photographs or those of his friends. The introduction provides us with a background to Thomas's extraordinary career among plants and in gardens tha tmake his choice of favorite plants so useful and interesting to other gardeners. There is also a chapter on his other great love: choral music, especially settings of Housman's poems, excerpts of which are selected by Thomas as epigraphs to his chapters on plants.