cloth, 144 p., $30
This book is well organized, with good illustrations throughout. However, there are times when the color photographs dominate the layout of Window Gardens for Windows, Walls, Decks, and Balconies, requiring flipping pages back and forth to understand a given container design. Thankfully, the instructions in the text are easy to follow, with excellent plant indentifications. The colors of the containers are indeed coordinated with the plants and their surroundings. However, some of the plants recommended by authors Jane Forster and Stephen Roberts may not be easily located in some locales.
Instructions for constructing planter boxes are good overall. The authors recommend placing plants in containers and then putting them in planter boxes, which is practical. There is also useful information in the book on the care and propagation of plants, but look elsewhere for more details on these subjects. For those interested in container gardens, this book is a must-read.
— Al Kamikow, Volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden