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01-22-2006, 01:24 PM
Does anyone know where i can get a good book that describes different plants and shrubs and will also give growth rates and other info on plant. any help would be appreciated

Dreams To Designs
01-23-2006, 08:23 AM
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses (Paperback)
by Michael A. Dirr, otherwise known as the bible of woody plants. Along with this book, Dirr has a couple of picture books that are helpful depending on your zone.
Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia for zones below 7 and Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia for the warmer zones. This series will give you most of what you will need to know about trees and shrubs. If you need information on perennials, annuals and other flowers, try Taylor's Guide to Annuals : How to Select and Grow more than 400 Annuals, Biennials, and Tender Perennials - Flexible Binding & Taylor's Guide to Perennials. I prefer these to the books by Armitage. If you have the cash, check out a software program called Horticopia, http://horticopia.com/ It has almost 9000 plants, both woody and herbeceous with photos, data and pronunciations. Check Amazon, Overstock and Half Off for the books and best pricing.


01-23-2006, 01:35 PM
Your gonna need to buy more than 1 book. You need to start building a library of your own to reference every now and then. Any large online bookstore will have a good selection. For example, you'll need a book to ID trees and another to ID shrubs, maybe another for ground covers, etc. Then you'll need separate books for disease and pest IDing if you do that stuff. Also call you county ag extension office. They might be able to provide a list.

01-23-2006, 01:52 PM
You only need 1 book for plant ID ,and culture,but as with any encyclopedia to need to at least know the basics of how to ID a plant,,leaves,flower,habit ect.
The American Horticultural Society's A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden plants
over 15000 plants and 6000 illistrations
Or the Sunset Eastern Garden Book..

01-23-2006, 02:36 PM
honestly, you really don't even need books anymore with the internet....

I would hit you local land grant colleges, or your county extension service. more often than not they will have good books for cheap, plus it will deal with plant in your zone...

But I second Micheal Dirr, I have a Woody Landcape Plants of the South east by Rex Bishop pretty good as it also as a fair amount plant that transition up my way as well.

01-23-2006, 05:38 PM
Uconn Plant Database -> http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/ sort by zone, features, etc.

01-23-2006, 11:26 PM
Look to e-bay and amazon for great deals on used books, I've been stocking up. Just watch the shipping and handling (some sellers gouge a little too hard on the shipping), and check the publishing dates, some sellers are dumping books published 20 years ago.