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What could I choose?

my daughter says she would like to buy me a gardening book for Christmas - and I would love one about perennials. I've got several that I've had for years, but new plants are being introduced all the time and I'd love a really up-to-date one on perennials. Any good ideas would be much appreciated.

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,206

    Could you go to a book shop and have a browse first? Then you could note down titles of books you like the look of.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,475

    if you're close to an RHS  garden, they'll have a huge selection of gardening books from which to choose.

    Devon.
  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,655
    I really like the two Roger Phillips and Martin Rix books. But the editions I have are definitely not bang up to date with new varieties. Maybe there's a new edition?
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    Many thanks for the recommendation, willDB. I think some people might have thought I was too lazy to go to a bookshop - but I was really just wondering if someone could recommend something from personal experience. Thanks again.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,206

    Didn't think you were lazy, just thought you didn't know where to start. Wanted to push up your post for another to answer as I can't. I live in France so don't visit bookshops in England very often. My OH gave me the "RHS Encyclopaedia of Perennials" which I love, but it was printed in 2006.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,557

    You might like to consider Adrian Bloom's book on grasses and perennials

    http://thebressinghamgardens.com/adrian-bloom-best/ 

    I've not read this book, but I have the utmost respect for Adrian Bloom as a gardener and garden designer, he is an inspirational speaker and his garden at Foggy Bottom is a revelation.

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  • Any of the encyclopaedias by the RHS I would recommend, a bit pricey, but I still get a lot of use out of mine.

  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,655

    This one looks interesting. In fact, I just bought it!

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0711234620?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

    Apart than that, anything with the Christopher Lloyd name attached to it comes recommended, as you'll get some colourful personal insight into how these plants grow!

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ^I agree with that, even though a few years old now, Great Dixter books from Mr Lloyd would still be a  joy to read I think...

    http://www.greatdixtershop.co.uk/PBSCCatalog.asp?CatID=1813578

    ..there are some in the £15-25 range that I would like.... Verdun has promised to buy me one for that camera I got him....

    ...still waitin'...lol

  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,655

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