paper, 144 p., $19.95
Everyone loves the rose. Every gardener wants to grow roses for their beauty and fragrance.
Reliable Roses is a wonderfully illustrated and photographed book describing 75 roses of distinction, assembled by rose expert Philip Harkness. This book is organized with the rose beginner in mind, although those more experienced with roses will also find much of interest here. Easy-to-read sections on rosebeds, plant selection, growing needs, insect and disease control, and pruning make this work informative for all sorts of roses fanciers.
The most outstanding feature of Reliable Roses is a plant directory that analyzes 75 roses, accompanied with illustrations. The roses in this section are divided by color codes into several groups, including climbers and ramblers, shrub roses and hybrid tea roses. Icons provide visual clues on fragrance, size, and temperature and sun tolerances. Each rose is completely described according to flower and foliage properties. An overall assessment of individual strengths and weaknesses rounds out each description.
Harkness succeeds in presenting an exceptional rose book that will encourage gardeners of all skill levels to experiment with roses.
— Elaine Juhl, master gardener and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden