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Landscaping with Herbs

Landscaping with Herbs
James Adams
Timber Press
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paper, 223 p., $19.95

All you ever need to know about herbs in general, and more than 600 species and cultivars in particular, is covered in Landscaping with Herbs through groupings of fragrant, formal, informal, contemporary and wild landscapes. Extensive charts and lists cover the botanical classification of herbs, their physical characteristics and cultural requirements, and their landscape and herbal uses. The author describes these herbs from experience, discussing their merits, faults and best uses.

Mankind has always placed great value on herbs and flowers, for ornamental as well as practical purposes. Using numerous garden diagrams, together with plant keys and photographs of landscapes (as well as small groupings and borders), the author guides his readers through possible landscape solutions for existing properties and new gardens. He also discusses appropriate herbs for each scenario. The last section in each chapter describes how herbs and ornamentals have been used successfully in a variety of actual settings.

This book is a fascinating history of herb gardens used for beauty, cooking and medicine. As a bonus, the author includes recipes using herbs, and excerpts of herbal lore. This book is guaranteed to captivate both herb enthusiasts and general gardeners alike.

— Elaine Juhl, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden