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Penelope Hobhouse
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Description This celebration of flowers and practical growing guide is a personal treatise, a distillation of Penelope Hobhouse's plant experience and her personal knowledge of a wide range of gardens all over the world. The author also wrote "Garden Style" and "The Country Gardener". Editorial Reviews Hobhouse, a well-known garden writer ( Garden Style , LJ 9/15/88; Gardens of the World , edited by Hobhouse and Elvin McDonald, LJ 3/15/91), here combines essays with reference. Giving examples from spectacular gardens in many countries, her essays discuss such topics as the natural garden, color, key plants, massing, and borders. The reference section, offering particulars on 307 herbaceous plants, includes information on hardiness, size, and soil and sun preferences for each. The hardiness zone map is based on temperature ranges rather than geographic areas, so is more useful than the usual presentation. This is a book for the experienced gardener who wants ideas for new plants to use and ways to group them. Not a ``how-to'' guide, it assumes that the reader knows how to prepare the beds, feed the plants, and deal with pests. The price is high, but then there are hundreds of beautifully reproduced, stunning color photographs. Not essential, but a good addition to strong gardening collections.-- Carol Cubberly, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg