Perennial Garden by Tracy Disabato-Aust, 1998
book with detailed instructions and photographs. There's no other
reference like it. Serves well as an encyclopedia of perennials
too. Timber Press.
Chemical-Free Yard and Garden 1991, Rodale Press
reference for understanding soils as well as insect, disease and
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials by Ellen Phillips and
One of the
best all round guides to perennials, maintenance, and culture.
A Practical Guide by Peter McHoy
The Pruners Handbook by John Malins
excellent -- the best around. Good pruning books are hard to find.
Rose Garden by Liz Druitt
practical solutions to the problems of growing roses in hot humid
INFORMATION AND DESIGN
All the books
by Ann Lovejoy, Penelope Hobhouse, Rosemary Verey, John Brookes
are indispensable to garden design.
Room by David Stevens
really interesting ideas for outdoor spaces.
Vol I and II by Phillips and Rix
pictures, great information about plants, where they came from,
for Today's Gardens by C. Colston Burrell
book with exhaustive information about perennials including many
lesser known plants and a really useful design section.
Combinations: Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic
Right from the Start
of Annuals and Perennials
Gardens: 60 Spectacular Plants and How to Use Them in Your Garden
Cole Burrell's books and articles are great. Thorough, well written,
full of information on specific plants as well as design and maintenance.)
for the Garden by Richard Hartlage
you want to try something different: tropicals, sub-tropicals,
bold foliage. Really a fun book.
Perennial Plants by Allan Armitage
good encyclopedia of perennial plants
Garden Plants by Graham Stuart Thomas
All of Thomas's
books are classics. This is one of many.
Nature by Michael Pollan
wonderful collection of essays which will help you keep your sanity
when deer, voles, rabbits, heavy clay, southern blight (and other
horrors you probably haven't even heard of yet) threaten to make
you throw in your trowel
of Desire by Michael Pollan
the most interesting books I've ever read on the relationship
between humans and plants
Earthman by Henry Mitchell
essays. A must to read.