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Perennial Garden Plants: Or the Modern Florilegium : A Concise Account of Herbaceous Plants, Including Bulbs, for General Garden Use Hardcover – Nov 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Sagapress; 3rd edition (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088192167X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881921670
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.4 x 25.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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HASH(0xa05f6b10) out of 5 stars A Perennial Classic Aug. 11 2005
By Jeffrey K. Funk - Published on
'Perennial Garden Plants' by Graham Stuart Thomas is a classic gardening reference book. Reknowned for his lyrical prose and encyclopedic knowledge, the now deceased Graham Stuart Thomas was one of the world's great gardening giants and this fact is clearly demonstrated in his treatise on perennials.

'Perennial Garden Plants' is an amazingly through listing of perennial plants by genus, providing each one with concise plant statistics (i.e. height & spread, hardyness, bloom time, etc) followed by a short description of the plant species along with his wonderfully overbearing thoughts to the beauty and uses of the plant. Furthermore, some plant entries are enriched by quotes from other gardening legends such as Gertrude Jekyll, William Robinson and others, adding yet more opinions on the delights (and distress) of certain perennial plants. To the serious gardener, having G. S. Thomas' opinion on his favorite perennial plants is alone worth purchasing this book.

However, it is worth mentioning that 'Perennial Garden Plants' is not the best gardening book on the market. Last revised in 1990, some of the cultivar entries are out of date, the meager selection of photos are dated and not really useful, and better, more through books have appeared on the market (most notably Allan M. Armitage's 'Herbaceous Perennial Plants').

If G. S. Thomas was alive and well to expand and update this book with new plant entries and more (and better) color photos, I would give it 5 stars. As it stands, though, I find this book to be useful mainly as a cross-reference with other texts that are more current. Nevertheless, I still cherish the delightful taste of G. S. Thomas' opinion on perennial garden plants as evidenced in this book to be invaluable.