paper, 128 p., $10
Aimed at the home gardener, this volume provides advice on the shrubs that work best in certain landscapes, explaining which are compatible with certain soils and surrounding plants. It also examines the best ways to improve soils for a given plant. The 50 best shrubs are discussed in alphabetical order by scientific name. Each plant is described with a color photograph, a basic description of the plant and guidance on the best way to grow it. There is plenty of information on zones, light requirements, size and special concerns. Useful tips are also provided on pests, propagation and pruning. This little book is easy to read and has great photographs to help the novice home gardener.
— Nancy Solon, Volunteer, Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden