Books on Maintaining Shrubs

Shrubs and small trees are an important part of every landscape design. However, they also can be expensive to buy. If you're planning to purchase shrubs, do your homework about their growing conditions and maintenance requirements before heading out to purchase the woody plants for a landscaping project. A well-researched book can help you find the right shrub for your needs.

Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines, by William Cullina, features 200 color photos and specific information on more than 1,000 native North American plants. Information includes an alphabetical listing of plants by genus and species in which Cullina provides common uses, culture, hardiness zones, soil type, wildlife attraction, color, native region and propagation methods. A description of the plant is also provided. Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines: A guide to using, growing, and propagating North American woody plants William Cullina Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 368 pages

The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook

The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook, by Penelope O'Sullivan, offers a comprehensive guide to using, choosing and maintaining shrubs and woody plants. The book is composed of three sections on design, plant profiles and care. The profile portion of the book features information about cultivation, availability, history, hardiness zones, growth rate and special characteristics. It also offers care information with advice concerning buying and planting trees and shrubs as well as pruning, fertilizing and coping with diseases, pests and environmental problems. The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook: The Essential Guide to Choosing, Planting, and Maintaining Perfect Landscape Plants Penelope O'Sullivan Storey Publishing, 2007 408 pages


Shrubs, by Andrew McIndoe, offers gardeners a maintenance resource organized by color, growing conditions and season. This resource gives a listing of some the best shrubs for each situation, with information on hardiness zones, growing conditions and special features. This guide is an asset for homeowners who do not have an extensive background in horticulture or need a quick guide to planting and maintaining shrubs. In addition, this book features a section called "Author's Choice: Top 20 Performance Shrubs," which details 20 shrubs that are effective in most North American growing conditions. Shrubs Andrew McIndoe David and Charles, 2005 192 pages

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