One of the books I do not think I could live without as an avid gardener is The New York/Mid-Atlantic Book of Lists by Bonnie Lee Appleton and Lois Trigg Chaplin. I was introduced to this book in my Master Gardener's class several years ago, and it has become a gem in my gardening library.
It is a book that I often refer to when I am planning garden beds or plant additions to my garden. With lists from Shrubs with Interesting Leaf Color to Perennials for a Long Season of Bloom to Bulbs for Fragrance, this book includes lists for many a situation in the garden.
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With our hot and dry summers, having an idea what plants survive in such conditions is very helpful. In the past, I have used this list to add vines, such as Carolina jessamine to the garden.
This is not a book with lots of photos or decorative ideas, but it is a book with a wealth of information for any gardener planning for plants that will survive and thrive in the garden. The contents of the book is broken down as follows:
Special Lists and Gardens
Some of the more interesting lists are:
Plants that Attract Hummingbirds
Ferns that Tolerate Some Sun
Trees for Dry Sites
Shrubs that Won't Eat The House
Ground Covers to Stabilize Slopes
The book I have reviewed here is specifically for my region, but there are other books available for other regions.
The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists by Lois Trigg Chaplin
The Lone Star Gardener's Book of Lists by Lois Trigg Chaplin and William D. Adams
The New England Gardener's Book of Lists by Karan Davis Cutler
The Pacific Northwest Gardener's Book of Lists by Ray McNeilan and Jan McNeilan
The California Gardener's Book of Lists by Catherine Yronwode
The Florida Gardener's Book of Lists by Lois Trigg Chaplin
The Midwest Gardener's Book of Lists by Susan McClure
If ever I were asked what book would be beneficial to the novice and experienced gardener alike, I would recommend this book. It has become invaluable to me as I planned my garden beds and as I continue to add plants in and around the garden.
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