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Following the high standard set by previous Taylor's Gardening Guides, Taylor's Guide to Growing North America's Favorite Plants provides the novice and avid gardener another valuable resource. Over 80 genera and hundreds of species primarily consisting of perennials, annuals, biennials and bulbs are included in this "how-to" gardening guide. Gardeners can use the 400 color photographs to identify their favorite garden plants or see how the plants can be used in the landscape.
Each entry outlines the appropriate growing conditions, including soil, light, moisture and hardiness zone, in addition to methods of propagation. The beginning gardener will benefit from the general entries that provide basic information about selecting plant groups such as herbs, ornamental grasses and wildflowers as well as tips for buying bulbs, planting techniques and propagation.
Readers looking for information on their favorite woody plants should look elsewhere. This reference book fails to mention North America's favorite evergreen trees and includes only a limited number of deciduous and broad-leaved evergreen shrubs and trees.
— Linda L. Jones, Manager of Continuing Education, The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.