The ultimate reference and inspirational guide for gardeners in challenging climates. Takes the reader through the seasons in a most comprehensive, yet pleasurable way, as the authors celebrate a diversity of plants for every site and every season. Passionate Gardening tackles every subject, from early snows to slugs, from bulbs to botanical Latin.
Onto their prettily designed landscapes, an accomplished horticulturist-garden writer duo graft whimsical color photos (e.g. the authors' "Gardener Gothic" pose) and down-to-earth columns on such perennial challenges as poor soil ("an ode to clay"), Latin plant names, urban "hellstrips," finding winter-hardy roses, attracting/repelling wildlife, and gardening while pregnant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)