Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Taunton Press (January 15, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #723,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #47 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Flowers > Roses #524 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Landscape
There are many books about roses but this is one of the better ones. Written by well-known garden host (HGTV and PBS) Jeff Cox, it is a beautiful yet practical book that delivers exactly what the title promises.The first couple of hundred pages give you ideas for using roses in a whole range of different garden settings. The remainder explains how to buy, plant and care for roses. The advice is excellent for the novice or intermediate gardener. I give the writer full marks for not just providing a "directory of roses" - a cop-out all too often used to fill pages in garden books. Instead he shows how different types of roses can be used in the landscape.The book has plenty of colour photographs showing roses used in different settings. I have to say that I was turned off by the hype on the cover. This is not a "ground-breaking book", the effects are not "dazzling" and as a guide it was useful rather than "inspirational". However, the writer has produced a practical, workman-like guide to effective landscape design using roses.The book is well-designed and easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone who was thinkinf of incorporating roses into their garden.
This isn't your usual all-encompassing guide to rose varieties: instead it tells how to incorporate the rose bush into a variety of landscaping goals; from walkways and arbors to container gardening. Tips on choosing and growing the newer, hardier, low-maintenance breeds blend with those on how to arrange roses in conjunction with shrubs and other perennials for maximum effect.
I love this book, and have found tons of inspiration in it. It's filled with ideas, technical answers, and beautiful photos. The book has tons information and is not just a glossary of popular roses.The only drawback I found with this book is that almost all of the photos are of pink roses. I was hoping to find more photos of inspiring landscapes with yellow and red roses. However, that's only a minor detail, and all in all this book is fabulous. Highly recommended!
I must have 30-40 books on Roses, and this is my very favorite! The practical approach to planting and growing roses, plus the realistic, yet beautiful photographs are just two of the reasons every rose grower MUST have this book among their collection. I especially enjoyed the landscaping listing of disease-resistant selections. Jeff Cox knows his roses!
This is a helpful book to guide an inexperienced gardener. (That's me)Beautiful photos and ideas.Anyone with problems such as pests and diseases and how to cope with them, purchase it asap.
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