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Plants that merit attention : volume II, Shrubs
Poor, Janet Meakin.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [1996]

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unp : illustrations ; 29 cm
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SB435 .P6 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Photographs and text highlight the landscaping of trees and shrubs.

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Booklist Review

The authors have selected little-known shrubs that, by virtue of their superior garden worthiness, deserve to be preserved, propagated, promoted, and planted. All the 900 species and cultivars were chosen by the following criteria: unusual and readily available in at least one major region of the country, capable of beautifying the landscape, pest and disease resistant, and tolerant of a variety of environmental conditions. Each entry--there are 694 species, not counting cultivars--includes a color photograph, a description (leaves, flowers, fruit, etc.), culture, landscape values, and a list of gardens and parks where the plants can be seen. This volume also contains a detailed glossary and illustrations of botanical terms. Shrubs is indispensable to any serious gardener. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

Move over, taxus; watch out, juniper! These overused landscape choices will likely see less light as this volume from the Garden Club of America adds a major resource to the body of information on implementing vastly more interesting shrub materials for the landscape. Compiled through the efforts of both professional and volunteer gardeners under the direction of landscape designer Poor and photographer Brewster, this extensively illustrated, encyclopedic tome provides full descriptions‘culture, landscape value and growing locale‘of over 900 superior native and non-native species found throughout the country. A comprehensive section on roses describes the shrubs and the species, as well as the better-known hybrids. Notable are the nearly 700 photos, many of which show the specimen in the landscape rather than in detail. An appendix lists arboreta and gardens around the country where shrubs may be seen and codes them to shrub descriptions. The shrub index with nursery source codes and directory of nursery sources rounds out this invaluable guide. Garden Book Club main selection. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Sponsored by the Garden Club of America to encourage horticultural diversity through the planting of less familiar but noteworthy plants, these extensively cross-referenced volumes present wonderful profiles of the best garden trees and shrubs. Each entry contains at least two color photos, a physical description, culture, landscape value, and a list of the public gardens where the plant can be observed. The appendixes are very useful, especially the listing of nurseries from which each specimen can be obtained. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

It is twelve years since the first volume, Trees (CH, Jul'85); this new volume is well worth the wait. It is like the first, but better! The meat of the volume is the plant descriptions, some 253 pages; there are about 240 main entries (which may be genus, species, or cultivar). Within the main entries some 1050 other species and cultivars are at least briefly mentioned and/or characterized. Each main entry contains a description and notes on culture, including propagation, landscape value or use, a list of public gardens where the plant may be seen, and, in most cases, brief (or not so brief) comments about related species or cultivars. In addition there is a brief glossary of botanical terms, illustrations of botanical terms, a directory of more than 100 public gardens, an alphabetical listing of plants with nursery sources, an alphabetical listing of some 330 nurseries, and a series of lists of shrubs grouped by desirable landscape characteristics. This new volume differs from the earlier one in that the pages are numbered, permitting indexing; there are about 240 main entries in contrast to about 143 in Trees; and there are many more color illustrations. General; professionals. G. P. DeWolf Jr. emeritus, Massachusetts Bay Community College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Glossary of Botanical Termsp. 15
Illustrations of Botanical Termsp. 18
USDA Hardiness Zone Mapp. 24
Useful Conversion Tablesp. 25
Shrubs That Merit Attention A-Zp. 27
Appendix I Directory of Arboreta, Botanical Gardens, Gardens, and Parksp. 283
Appendix II a Shrub Index with Nursery Source Codesp. 288
Appendix II b Directory of Nursery Sourcesp. 304
Appendix III Shrubs Grouped by Desirable Landscape Characteristicsp. 314
Shrubs Listed by USDA Hardiness Zonesp. 314
Deciduous Shrubsp. 320
Evergreen Shrubsp. 323
Dwarf Conifersp. 325
Shade-tolerant Shrubsp. 326
Shrubs for Various Levels of Soil Moisturep. 329
Shrubs Resistant to Pests and Diseasesp. 332
Shrubs with Conspicuous Bloomp. 334
Shrubs Tolerant of Environmental Stressp. 339
Fragrant Shrubsp. 340
Shrubs with Ornamental Fruitp. 342
Shrubs with Conspicuous Autumn Foliagep. 344
Appendix IV List of Authoritiesp. 346
Index of Botanic Namesp. 353
Index of Common Names 361