Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: River Oaks Garden Club; 5 edition (February 16, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.8 x 10.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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I was very excited to order this book. However, when it came the binding was already cracked, and after one or two times opening the book, it ripped completely off. I guess it was bound in China. It is a very heavy, dense book and has exhaustive lists of plants, most of which are not pictured in the book, or sold locally for that matter. I hoped it would have more practical "how to" advice and plans, rather than just long lists of mostly unused plants. Also the plants are alphabetized by their latin names, so you have to look everything up in the index if you aren't a scientist. I am dissapointed in the book but will keep it because some of the information is helpful.
This book is amazing. It's been incredibly useful. I particularly liked the charts of plants that will do well in the area. There are also calendars for when to plant and harvest vegetables. I've been really impressed with the book, and it's already helped our garden and steered me away from some bad choices. I was really happy to see some less commonly grown plants represented (like lychees and grumichamas in the fruit section - so excited they'll grow here!).
This good has a lot of pictures, detail information in charts, and also have sections about shade garden, tropical garden, etc.It's a book full of plant information like plant name, size, sun/shade, bloom and growth information. If you need a book to teach you how to plant a plant, this is not for you.
This is without a doubt the most comprehensive gardening book for the Houston area. I have every edition of this book and they keep getting better and better. This is a must have for your gardening library.
This book (and prior versions) has been my guiding light, since moving to the Houston area twenty years ago. The chapter with monthly charts containing info on what blooms, what to plant, color choices and garden tasks for each month, is helpful in planning an all year display. It makes a great gift for those new to the area or young marrieds. Arrived individually shrink-wrapped and well packed. Thanks!
I give this book as a housewarming gifts to my clients I sell homes to. It is a terrific resource. I have purchased earlier publicaitons as well and would prefer this volume of information be broken into two seperate volumes as it is difficult to handle.Cannot be beat for Houston gardeners! Barbara
Really was pleasantly surprised by this book. Nice hardback. Great job recommending varieties adapted to our area. Nice color pictures. Learned a few new things. Would have liked some instructions on grafting and more info on orchard management, but otherwise was pleasantly surprised by this book.
We love the older version, but this new one is even lovelier, has more information, and some interesting information and photo of Houston's earliest history. We would recommend it to all of our family and friends who are in love with gardening. Juanita and John Henry
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