review: The RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (4th edition)

If you are looking for a garden book to keep you busy for awhile, this one may hit that target. It is a tome, and at over 1000 pages, it has information galore. In addition to the individual plant entries, it also includes a guide to using the book as well as some botany information that will make reading the book easier (as well as understanding the relationships between plants and how they grow). Color photographs are included throughout (though not for every single entry) and show either a close-up of the leaf, fruit, or blossom, or a full photo for larger plants like some trees. With over 15,000 entries, this book includes a really large number of the plants you might want to know about.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the University of Michigan via the MeLCat interlibrary loan system


What Plant When

What Plant When I have some holes in my gardens. Not so much in the dirt, but more in the passage of time through the seasons. Right off the bat in early spring I have some crocus, but then there’s a lag until the tulips come up, and then another lag until it gets consistently warm enough that most of the perennials start to actively grow and look sharp. This book ought to be quite helpful in filling in those gaps. I love that it lists plants in order of color, too, so I can focus on finding things that will complement the existing plants already in my gardens and go with my color schemes. I think this will be a good book to keep on hand as time goes by so I can look for ideas at the opportune times. Check out my post at CPL for more details.