|The New Southern Living Garden Book|
Oxmoor House, 768 pages, $34.95
To help you with that plant list, I have a recommendation: The New Southern Living Garden Book. There are more than 8,000 flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs and vines in there! It's the kind of book you could get completely lost in once the temperatures plummet again and you're back inside waiting for another warm-up.
|Spider lilies underneath the pecan trees at the home of Virginia Sue Barr in Oak Ridge, Louisiana|
|Fall in the Asheville, NC garden of Peter and Jasmin Gentling|
There are sections on gardening in containers, growing herbs, pruning, growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, and lawns.
I was excited to see that there are many excellent native plants in this guide, as well. Every two page spread seems to have one or more. Very cool.
Editor Steve Bender, whom you might know as "The Grumpy Gardener," explains in the book's introduction, "This revised book is bigger and showier than its predecessors, but its aim hasn't waivered – serve a wide range of both beginning and experienced gardeners. Its pages represent Southern Living's 50-years of gardening know-how plus the insights of an all-star roster of renowned horticulturalists who reviewed its pages for accuracy."
It would be hard to imagine a gardener in the South who wouldn't want The New Southern Living Garden Book. For reference or inspiration, this is a "can't go wrong" sort of purchase.
Southern Living provided a copy of The New Southern Living Garden Book to me, free of charge. I was not under obligation to review it. I have expressed my true opinion in the post above.