decorated boards, 183 pp., $25.00
British nurseryman David Austin has spent decades in research and development of some of the finest rose plants. Crosses between old roses and modern hybrid teas and Floribundas have resulted in new hybrids, which he has named “English roses.” The flowers of these hybrids are heavy with petals and have exquisite fragrances. The author’s review of these magnificent flowers includes individual descriptions of their characteristics, coupled with color photographs. In addition, there is a chapter devoted to English rose cultivation, and a glossary to assist the reader in identification. As with all plants, particularly roses, Austin’s roses should be tested for climate compatibility before making a serious investment.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden