Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants: The Most Authoritative Guide to the Best Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs for North American Gardens Hardcover – Oct 1 2003
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This beautifully illustrated encyclopedia offers North American gardeners a definitive resource for all their questions, from flowers to trees to shrubs. Long-time Houghton Mifflin editor Tenenbaum (who has edited the Taylor series for more than 30 years) arranges her book alphabetically according to genus, then breaks plants down by species (an index of common names helps readers follow the Latin terms). Under Ficus, for example, is a pronunciation key ("FYE-kus"), the common family name (Mulberry), then a description ("It exhibits potentially unlimited growth in warm gardens"; "as a vine, it clings tenaciously by secreting a tiny amount of latex"); and finally, suggestions for growing ("It will perform best in moist well-drained loamy soil"). At the end of the book, Tenenbaum features succinct, clearly illustrated directions for propagating plants, whether growing them from seed or by dividing or taking cuttings. 1,200 color photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Positioned as the only plant encyclopedia intended solely for the American gardener, Taylor's directory encompasses more than one thousand trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials suitable for a garden located anywhere in North America. An ambitious compilation, it bears the Taylor trademark of reliable information imparted in an entertaining but usable manner, and highlighted by superlative production values that include an easy-to-navigate layout, crisp photography, and detailed illustrations. The alphabetical directory of plants is organized by genus and supported by a common-name index for quick cross-referencing. Each entry offers a brief yet thorough description of plant habit and culture, with valuable tips on planting, climate, size, bloom, noteworthy cultivars, and comparable species. An entire chapter is devoted to plant propagation, and precise illustrations accompany the text detailing proper techniques for sowing seed, taking cuttings, and dividing plants. Taylor's comprehensive guide to North American plant material is designed to be used as a single-source reference and destined to become a time-honored resource for novice and experienced gardener alike. Carol Haggas
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The plants are outlined alphabetically by botanic nomenclature. In the back of the book it also has a common name index which is immediately followed by the botanic equivalent.
Each entry starts with the botanic name, with a phonetic spelling and genus family. Followed by a general description and how to grow the species. Under each entry will be the individual cultivars with a description and zone tolerances.
This encyclopedia also has general info about propagation, a glossary and a hardiness zone map.
No single encyclopedia will have that one single plant you are looking for.
For any gardener, this book should be included in your library.
I have a landscape design and build company, and have several encyclopedias in my collection. This is one I reference, from time to time for its accuracy and authority.
Also missing is the distance needed between plants which is so helpful when developing a bed and purchasing more than one of each kind.
This is a great resource for a veteran gardener or beginning level.