Saturday, February 7, 2015

You're thinking about Spring, aren't you?

The New Southern Living Garden Book
Oxmoor House, 768 pages, $34.95
Of course you are! It's so exciting when the days lengthen and we get a few warmish days in January and February. Gardening in the South definitely has its rewards, and an early Spring is one of them. While you're outside this weekend in the nearly 70 degree temperatures that are predicted (and we know the meteorologists are always right), think about where you might want to add some new plants to your garden.

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.

Besides the extensive list of plants, there are fabulous pictures of inspiring gardens all across our area.

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.

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