Sunday, March 4, 2012

400 Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces - Book Review

First of all I like a book that includes plant hardiness maps, glossary and an illustrated glossary.  The 400 Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces by Diana M. Miller is such a book. It also includes an easy reference section to select the right plant for the right conditions as well as by its features. Some of the features include foliage, fruit, & flower colour.

The photographs are sharp, colour correct and numerous.  The only downside to this book is the plant material selection includes too many plants we in southern Canada cannot grow outside year round. The upside is that many of these plants make excellent container plants that you can grow indoors and summer outside on your deck, patio or porch. Some of them would also be excellent to sink into your summer garden to create an interesting feature specimen or focal point. I have even seen some of the plants sold as annuals in my local garden centres.

The information in this book will help you to properly place all these plants around your garden.

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