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Paperback The Southern Living Garden Book (Southern Living (Paperback Oxmoor)) Book

ISBN: 0848720237

ISBN13: 9780848720230

The Southern Living Garden Book (Southern Living (Paperback Oxmoor))

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Book Overview

This much anticipated volume is the first major, comprehensive garden guide that reflects the uniquely southern climates. Steve Bender, senior garden writer at "Southern Living" magazine, offers customized advice for all five southern climate zones, making it simple to understand what plant in each zone. The plant encyclopedia features information on more than 5,000 plants.

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The best reference for the South

As the librarian for my garden club, I have a small budget to buy books that meet our needs. A happy by-product of this activity is that I learn the best ones, and I can then buy them for myself. This is one of these. A great index, cultural information, plant descriptions for almost everything (not everything, but almost) make it indispensible for us as a reference at our annual plant sale and during meetings. I would say it is the most popular book at our meetings and the one owned individually by the most members.

A Must Have

This book is an absolute must have for gardners in the south! Every plant is pictured and described clearly and there are wonderful lists of plants that do well in full sun, poor soil, partial shade, and all sorts of other conditions. As I said, a definite must have!

Excellent resource for gardeners for Southern and Southeastern states

The USDA provides a general hardiness zone map that does not take into effect the microclimates that many US regions experience. These zones are generally seen on store bought plants and seeds. This book takes those microclimates into consideration and makes adjustments accordingly while also giving in depth information on each plant that can grow well in our Southern states. If you have lived out West and own the Sunset Western Garden Book, this is the bible for Southern gardeners in much the same way.

The Southern Living Garden Book - A great reference.

As a new gardener, I have often been befuddled and confused when it comes to choosing plant materials for a garden in the Deep South. The Southern Living Garden Book has become my most reached for reference when choosing plant materials. The book includes helpful listings of plants grouped by type (trees, shrubs, vines) recommended site, color or bloom period. Detailed plant and cultivation information is indexed by latin name in the second section. It's a great guide for gardeners new to the South. I am very glad I purchased this book and know it will save me both the money I would have spent on plants that might not enjoy our hot, sultry summers and the heartache of losing that prized plant I might have purchased.

First-class book! Must-have for southern gardeners!

I live in the Piney Woods, north of Houston, and I think this book is invaluble. I wish I had had it 30 years ago. The book is sort of like a little portable arboretum. If you garden in the South (upper, middle, lower, coastal, or tropical), you will LOVE it. It gives you reliable infomation about what will grow and what is wishful thinking. It is also great for what it doesn't waste time on, e.g., it does not use up space telling you how to winterize your roses or the best varieties of lilacs or how to make cold frames. It does, however, go into great detail about that things that matter to us Southerners, such as azaelas, and it has a wonderful section on "Southern Heritage" plants. It has useful warnings about plants that can get rampant. It has great pictures. I use this book frequently (more than once a week) and I am giving it as gifts.
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