Books on flowers assist us in identifying flowers in the wild, help us tend our garden, suggest new ways to use blossoms or teach skills required for nurturing a specific flower variety. Some books are rich in illustrations or photographs, while others offer more botanical information.
"Flora Mirabilis," by Catherine Herbert Howell, explores how flowers shaped the world through the ages, touching on beauty, health and wealth. The book includes illustrations and anecdotes of botanical trade and exploration throughout history. "Flora Mirabilis" is a collaboration between National Geographic and the Missouri Botanical Garden. It contains more than 200 black and white and color photographs.
Spectacular floral visual information is the focus of photographer Harold Feinstein's "One Hundred Flowers." The book is a portrait collection, displaying 100 flowers. Descriptions, information and cultivation tips are included with the various varieties. Some of the flowers included in the book are pansies, tulips, azaleas, peonies, dahlias, anemones, potties, roses and orchids. Greg Piotrowski also contributed to this book.
Field Guide to Wildflowers
Peterson Field Guides are a series of books to help readers explore nature. Included in the plant guides are about a half a dozen books on wildflowers. One of these is "A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America" by Margaret McKenny. The flowers are grouped by plant and color characteristics, with more than 1,200 species included. Wildflowers typically found in eastern and north-central United States, west to the Dakotas, south to Arkansas and North Carolina, and parts of Canada are included, with flower descriptions and illustrations.
Books that cover the edible potential of flowers include "Edible Flower Garden," by Rosalind Creasy; "Edible Flowers," by Kathy Brown; Cathy Wilkinson Barash's "Edible Flowers: Desserts & Drinks" and "Edible Flowers: From Garden to Palate;" and "Taylor's 50 Best Herbs and Edible Flowers" by Frances Tenenbaum, to name just a few. The most recent edition of the group is Kathy Brown's "Edible Flowers," published in 2008.
Roses for Dummies
One of the most recognized series of instructional books are the For Dummies paperbacks. They cover a wide array of topics, from computers to gardening. A trademark feature of the books is that they are intended to be fun, easy to read and instruction-friendly. "Roses for Dummies" is included among the titles. The book is written by Lance Walheim and the editors of the National Gardening Association. The book covers shopping for roses, planting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, pruning and general rose care.