Series: Month By Month Gardening
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Cool Springs Press (January 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #108 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > Midwest
While this may be an excellent resource for around-the-year gardening, I was disappointed that there were absolutely no photographs of the recommended plants or examples of blooming beds that could be created. I purchased this book and intended it for a friend who is moving to Missouri and thought illustrations of the flora that thrive there would have been an asset, especially if she is unfamiliar with something Mr. Miller recommends. End the end, I returned the book and purchased his other book, Missouri Gardener's Guide that does have a photo reference. While the book description did not say there were illustrations, I assumed (incorrectly) that a book boasting blooms all year would have plenty of pictures to prove it!
I ordered this book thinking that there would be examples of the recommended plants. But Noooooo. I have been trying to find a book that would be a reference guide on ornamentals that would give me bloom from early spring to hard freeze. Well I got just what was in the description. MBM Gardening "LIST" in Missouri. What I need is more help in creating a planting guide with individual pictures to give me help in creating a floral display that will give me color for the entire year in a state that ranges from zone 5a to 6 and with weather from a windy dry plain to a deciduous rainforest. This is not the book I wanted. I will donate it to the local Master Gardener Library. Maybe they could use it for a coaster or something.
This book may contain useful info but it is so poorly organized that it is very difficult to use. It is just to-do lists by plant category (trees, annuals..) and if you want to know what to do in say, April, you need to flip all over the book and use massive quants of post its, or type out your own list to actually get month by month help. No pictures. I would not recommend it.
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