Taylor's Guide to Roses
The authoritative reference book, Taylor's Guide to Roses (Houghton Mifflin, 2002; $23), is a treasure trove of gorgeous photos designed to inspire and includes a wealth of information on planting, care, and pruning requirements for shrubs, climbers, and miniatures. Included are the latest David Austin roses, time-tested hybrid teas and floribundas, heirloom cultivars, climbers, and miniatures. It's a must-have reference for rose aficionados.
Favorite or New Plant
Everyone knows begonias -- those friendly little bedding plants found in so many shade gardens. But tuberous begonias are entirely different. Instead of delicate sprays of small, single flowers, they have very large, showy blossoms in an array of bright colors. There are two main forms of tuberous begonias: upright and pendulous. Upright types bear their flowers on strong, vertical stems, making the plants perfect for shady borders. Pendulous types (also called cascading or hanging-basket begonias) have weaker stems that hang delicately over the sides of pots or baskets.
Tuberous begonias are available in every color except blue, many with crinkled and ruffled petals. They bloom from July through November in our gardening zone and thrive in well-drained, barely acidic, rich organic soil.