cloth, 125 p., $18
James Fenton approaches planning a garden from a different point of view. Rather than starting with design and then concerning himself with choosing plants to fit the design, he asks, "What do I want to grow?" He looks at ornamental gardening as similar to vegetable gardening, emphasizing the importance of poring over seed catalogs and choosing what looks appealing.
Having set out his premise, he recommends 100 plants that can be grown from seed to make a garden — a mixture of all types of plants from basic annuals to perennials, vines, herbs and even the popular tropical look. This is an enjoyable book to read and an excellent gift for the renter with only a temporary place to garden or the new homeowner with a limited budget for plants.
— Joyce Weinberg, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden