The book I turn to if I can't identify a wildflower in Wildflowers Across the Prairies, or Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland. Lists 1974 wildflower and grass species. Only a handful of black and white sketches, you use the taxinomic key in the book to identify your mystery plant.
Find out where you can purchase those hard to find perennials, shrubs, Iris, Hemerocallis. With this book, I finally found a nursery who would sell me Veratrum nigrum . Obviously, not a terribly useful book if you aren't lucky enough to garden in Canada ;>)
Photos of the gardens of 28 passionate gardeners and collectors.
The title says it all. Exceptional photographs of grasses in different seasons and light. A wide range of grasses shown.
Inexpensive little dictionary to help you with the pronounciation of botanical Latin.
Comprehensive list of 800 genera, 4,200 species, 3600 cultivars.
Unfortunately some of the the photos are in black and white.
I discovered many new plants by reading the two books in this set.
Lois Hole's Perennial Favourites 100 Best For Cooler Climates
ISBN 1 555 105 056 0
Good photos, very good advice on how to grow each of the perennials included in the book. A great book for beginners. I heard Lois speak in Regina in late 1998, she said she's putting together a 2nd perennial
book listing 100 more perennials for northern gardens.
Good photos and great advice on growing a wide variety of annuals. Every time I read this, I want to try every annual listed in it. Ms. Hole's enthusiam and love of gardening is very infectious.
This is a great little book - inexpensive, quite a few species included. 500 colour photos. Includes a good section on ornamental grasses. Is published by a Canadian company - we've found their zone hardiness ratings for each plant to be pretty accurate. This is a good book to take to the garden centre to check out plants. The new 3rd Edition of this book was released in 1998 and has added many new species. You can order it at: Heritage Perennials
I haven't seen better photos than the ones in these two books. Many are taken in the plants' native habitat (e.g. the Himalayas).
For each plant includes good info about the soil / sun / moisture
conditions in which it grows in the wild. Another nice feature is that for many genera they put photos of the leaves and flowers from the major species of the genus side-by-side on one page... you're able to easily compare one species to the others.
Great book for identifying wildflowers native to our Prairie parkland. Lots of photos.
This has become the first book I open to to find a picture and description of a plant. Lots of good photos. Probably the heaviest book I've ever owned - this one does not accompany you to the garden centre.
Rock Garden Plants: a color encyclopedia
ISBN 0 88192 432 6
Description of 1400 plants for North American rock gardens. Succinct information, good photos... an excellent source to discover new plants to try in your rock garden.
Useful book to have if you are attempting to germinate perennials from seed - many of which require cold treatment or cycles of warm-cold treatment. Lists germination requirements for 805 genera, 2500 species. I believe you can order it for $ 20 US at the above address. There is also a supplement you can order which lists additional species.
Wildflowers Across the Prairies
Vance, Jowsey, McLean
ISBN 1 555054 045 9
Great book to take with you while hiking for identifying wildflowers on the Canadian prairies. Covers 400 species, colour photos of most of them.