paper, 144 p., $24.95
Among the most gorgeous plants in the garden, peonies score high in universal appeal for their enchanting fragrance, their lavish form, lush foliage, and long life. Once established, herbaceous and woody peonies will live for decades, offering continuing landscape interest throughout the growing season. Author Pamela McGeorge and her husband, award-winning photographer Russell McGeorge, have captured the essence of this flower in a fascinating text with exquisite full-color portraits of individual beauty. In addition to complete information on herbaceous peonies, there is extensive coverage of tree peony culture and the intersectional hybrids. These recent advances in breeding are crosses between tree peonies and herbaceous varieties. Highly recommended for its comprehensive coverage of the subject, the book has a listing of top selections of peony varieties, an admirable guide for the interested gardener.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden