New gardeners have so many questions, but when it comes to pruning, everybody from novice to pro has questions about how and when and how much to cut off one plant or another. Pruning clematis is probably the next most confusing pruning job after pruning roses. This Kemper Center for Home Gardening site contains a clear explanation of the how's and why's of pruning different kinds of clematis, and why it shouldn't really be so daunting and traumatic.
Basil: An Herb Lover's Guide
Basil is 2003 Herb of the Year, so this is the book to reach for in when deciding which ones to grow in your garden or container plantings and what to do with the harvest once you have grown them! Basil: An Herb Lover's Guide, by Thomas DeBaggio and Susan Belsinger (Interweave Press, 1996; $19.95) is part grower's manual and part cook's inspiration. It includes descriptions and growing instructions for a bewildering array of basils, from the Holy to the exotic African to the colorful Purple Ruffles to the ordinary. It also provides a great selection of tempting recipes, from simple to the more complex. The book itself is nearly a work of art, obviously crafted with love.