paper, 112 p., $14.95
Gardening has become an international business, and gardening books, dealing as they often do with a multiplicity of subjects, can sometimes be pretty heavy going for the casual reader. What a relief it is, then, to find a book like this one, content to deal with just one subject, and do it in such style! Elegantly laid out, with gloriously full-color photographs spilling out from every other page, the simply written text gives you plenty of information on Hydrangea, how to grow it, the main species and cultivars, their history, a list of sources where you can obtain them and some interesting Hydrangea lore. But this is not a typical how-to-do-it gardening book, nor does it pretend to be an in-depth study of Hydrangea. For me, it was more of an inspirational piece than anything else, a chance to fall in love with those plummy purple and raspberry pink macrophyllas all over again.
— Jim Kemper