Saturday, February 26, 2011
Book Review: Plants for Atlantic Gardens
As a gardener new to the Atlantic region, the title of this book, Plants for Atlantic Gardens, immediately intrigued me. I was anticipating a book that would introduce me to plants in this region and author Jodi DeLong did not disappoint. Over 100 of the most popular garden plants in the Atlantic region, from large imposing trees to flowing groundcovers were discussed. Neither perennial, nor shrub, is left unscrutinized in the author’s quest to find plants that are both commonly used, and useful, in the Atlantic region.
Each of the plants described in this book is beautifully photographed. Plant features are clearly visible and each description begins with a large header full of essential information such as growing size and required conditions. Basic information is easy to find allowing you to compare and contrast plants.
After each header, the real treat is in the intimate details. The lengthy descriptions showcase the author’s knowledge and expertise of Atlantic plants. The page on lilacs reveals that Isabella Preston was the first Canadian woman to work as a plant hybridizer and as a result many lilacs bear her name. The discussion on sedums recalls the author taking a summer hike in Nova Scotia and discovering hardy sedum growing wild. The author also includes details about plant placement as experienced in her own garden. These details turned this book from reference material into a delightful read. One gets the sense that this book encapsulates just a portion of the knowledge and experience this author has to offer.
Whether you are creating a new bed or renovating an old one, this book will provide essential reference material for what plants to choose and how to place them.
If you’d like to add it to your collection visit the author's blog, Bloomingwriter, to purchase your copy.