paper, 255 p., $24.95
Bulbs is a compact yet comprehensive guide to these popular flowering plants. It relates the structural characteristics that distinguish bulbs from other flowers, as well as their history and traditions. Author Marco Leone packs his illustrated bulb survey full of useful information on their culture, propagation, garden pests and plant diseases. Very well-organized according to bloom time and listed alphabetically by scientific names (species or cultivar), this book contains individual photographs and descriptions of approximately 300 varieties of bulbs — including the more recent introductions into the trade. Because of its compact size and full-color photographs, readers will find it particularly useful when planning their gardens.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden