The Book Stall

Taylor's Encylopedia of Garden Plants

Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
edited by Frances Tenenbaum 
Houghton Mifflin, 2003

Unlike other encyclopedias that become dated due to political, social and scientific changes, the Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is sure to stand the test of time as probably the most complete and authoritative guide to ornamental flowers, trees and shrubs in North American gardens. The information in this text will be as accurate and as valuable at the end of this century as it is today. Its pages will yellow and its cover will wear out before there is much change in the nature of the 1,000 species covered here.

What's not included, except for a few fruit trees, are the edible herbs and vegetables. Look for those in some of Taylor's other publications, such as Taylor's Guide to Herbs or Taylor's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables.

The editors of this enyclopedia, chiefly Frances Tenenbaum, selected for "desirable plants for American gardens" when deciding which plants to include in the volume.

 "Some plants are not recommended for home gardens because thye are invasive," Tenenbaum explains, "but deciding which ones to eliminate turned out to be a rather complicated issue A handsome perennial like purple loosestrife does not appear in this book because the plants are such rampant invaders of wetlands that some states actually ban them; even the supposedly sterile cultivars have been found to set seeds."

The more than 1,000 plants included in the encyclopedia are listed alphabetically by botanical name, from Abelia (honeysuckles) to Zinnia. Most listings include a description of the plant, tips on growing it successfully, and some background on related cultivars and similar species. A Common Name Index is included in the back of the book along with a glossary and an illustrated guide to propogating plants.

Back to the Book Stall

Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants 


Punica granatum
p gran-AY-tum Pomegranate
Upright, slightly rounded in hat, with most popular varieties about 10 feet tall and wide or slightly narrower. The glossy oblong leaves may be bronzed when new, chartreuse in autumn. The species has orange-red funnel-shaped flowers with five crinkled lobes, first appearing in mid- to late summer and continuing into fall. That's when the round, edible, yellow-brown fruits (sometimes shades of red) begin developing, up to 5 inches in diameter. P. g. var. nana gets only 3 feet tall.; 'Wonderful' has a fountainlike habit with red fruit. Zones 8 to 10.

Advertise Here

Visit the Booths
Market Entrance
Reviews Archive
Search the Market
Lease a Booth
Book Search
Buy Direct Directory
Farmer's Market Online
Copyright © 2012 Outrider News Service. All rights reserved.