When I go to a garden book, it’s usually to find an answer about specific features of a plant. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that my favorite book is actually a series of books, connected in one way or another to the University of Illinois. As you read down through the list, sometimes the connection is outright and sometimes subtle, but it’s there one way or another:
*Large Flowering Shrubs for the Midwest, by Sharon Morrisey and Floyd Giles – great content offered shrub by shrub complete with full descriptions, line drawings and color plates. I used to teach with these knowledgeable individuals and enjoyed it very much.
*Dwarf Shrubs for the Midwest, by Rebecca Keith and Floyd Giles – similar book for smaller plants.
*Flowering Trees for the Midwest, by Mary C. Walker and Floyd Giles – great material, presented in a logical and readable fashion.
While we’re at it, the books that I’ve personally authored deserve a bit of a mention as well, and are remotely in keeping with the University of Illinois thread, since I used to work there.
*Taunton’s Lawn Guide by John C. Fech, Taunton Publishing, a mix of how-to and specific turf information.
*All About Trees, by Jan Johnsen and John C. Fech, Meredith Books, a mix of how-to and specific tree species information.