Here is a list of books I’d recommend as must reads if not must haves for your gardening library:

Anything by Allan Armitage but especially these 3…..

Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture, and Garden Attributes

May 19, 2008 Update: I got some good news for you folks looking for a good book about perennials or for you folks who already have the 2nd edition and wish there was an update to a book that we’ve all used for a decade and that’s dog-eared, the way only a good book you use all the time is….A book that you can use to identify about any perennial you’re likely to run across, learn about all aspects of them, know what it is a particular perennial needs to have to be happy in your garden, learn about some of the latest cultivars of your old favorites and discover new plants that will be your favorites for years to come and lastly, having the latest edition of a book that when it comes to something to do with ornamental perennials you reach for first without fail and without hesitation…..Hey, that ain’t a bad book to have folks….

Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens By Allan M. Armitage 452 pp., hardcover

Armitage’s Garden Perennials A Color Encyclopedia By Allan M. Armitage 324 pp., hardcover

When you want to know what to do, how to do it and when to do it, these two great books by two very talented, knowledgeable gardeners will come in mighty handy:

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques (Hardcover) (There is a revised 2006 version now) by Tracy DiSabato-Aust ISBN: 0881928038

Caring for Perennials: What to Do and When to Do it By Janet Macunovich ISBN: 0882669575

Roses….. Man I love them old fashioned roses:

Landscaping with Roses: Gardens Walkways Arbors Containers by Jeff Cox

Climbing Roses by Stephen Scanniello

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