"The book I have been waiting for all my gardening life"--Anna Pavord
"No-one knows more about perennials. No-one writes about them more colourfully. This is the book gardeners have been waiting for." --Alan Titchmarsh
These statements say it all. Written by Christopher Lloyd, the well-known, prolific gardening journalist and writer, who was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1979 for his services to horticulture, the book is a delight for gardeners everywhere and uses the author's personal judgement rather than just giving encyclopaedic descriptions of the plant. He has lived in the same house all his life, a 15th century half-timbered manor house at Great Dixter, developing and refining the glorious garden by continually experimenting with new plants and ideas.
"Perennials are what he knows best, perhaps better than anyone alive."
Strictly speaking, the term "perennial" is used to refer to any plant that carries on living over a period of years as an individual and it includes shrubs and trees, but gardeners generally imply herbaceous perennials, the word "herbaceous" having been dropped. Therefore perennial generally now refers to none-woody plants which live from year to year but disappear from sight at certain periods when the climate does not favour growth.
The book is arranged alphabetically from acanthus to zigadenus, and the accompanying photographs are excellent. The introduction includes advice on flexibility and choice, limitations, best features, colour and impact, perennials among trees, planting, replanting, support, dead heading and families--all you will ever need to know. --Susan Naylor