paper, 252 pp., $29.95
The popular Canadian garden writer Jodi DeLong acknowledges she has been a plant-greedy gardener with broad experience when introducing readers to the plants and challenges of gardening in a rigorous climate. This directory of suitable plants for colder hardiness zones is full of tips on suitable gardening practices in addition to a list of her favorite plants. Organized by scientific nomenclature, an individual description contains an illustration of the plant’s ornamental feature. The informative accompanying text reports on its plant family, degree of cold-hardiness, bloom period, growing requirements, mature size, propagation, and any problems. The author adds a personal touch by including recommendations on preferred varieties and remarks about special problems that might be encountered with a species. The supplemental information lists deer-resistant plants, plants that attract pollinators, plants noted for salt and drought resistance, and those that will grow well in moist or wet soils.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden