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Did you know that the American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the oldest gardening organization in the USA? They were founded in 1922 and since then, they provide outstanding gardening and horticultural instructions!

The American Horticultural Society has published an excellent series of books! The A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is one of them.

This comprehensive book includes four main sections:

Botany for the Gardener 
Ornamental Plant Groups
The A – Z Plant Directory

The downside is, that the book is quite pricey. Yet, this book will be a lifetime companion. It is an essential reference guide for gardeners and other flower lovers. There are more than 15000 individual plant entries embellished with 6000 photographs and illustrations! And, you cannot only look up different garden plants, no; you also get profound information on the different types of flowers and how they should be cultivated.

Another great reference book is the Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers. This encyclopedia was first published in 1987 and since then, several more updated editions have been published. This is the newest edition (published 2011).

The book describes 8000 plants and flowers from all over the world. The plant entries are grouped in several categories: trees, shrubs, roses, climbers and wall shrubs, perennials, annuals, biennials, bedding, rock plants, bulbs, water and bog plants, tender and exotic plants.
This is an excellent reference book filled with tons of information and great pictures!

And here is another great and comprehensive book from the AHS: The Encyclopedia of Perennials.

The inside of the book cover shows a map of the hardiness zones of North America. Very useful for gardeners on this continent!

The first part of the books answers the questions: "What are perennials" and "why do we grow perennials". And it explains "the origins of garden perennials". Furthermore, there is a section of “perennials in the garden”: it covers "beds and borders" and "naturalistic planting styles".

The second (and much bigger) part of this book is the directory of perennials. The book description says that there are featured more than 5000 plants. Yet, a reviewing customer wrote that there are nearly almost 7000 perennial plants described and horticultural information added!

This is a must have for perennial lovers!

If you like these books, you will probably also like other books by the American Horticultural Society:

The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening

American Horticultural Society What Plant When

AHS Plants for Places

American Horticultural Society Pruning and Training

American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques

Another comprehensive guide is the
The Complete Garden Flower Book: Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, Shrubs, Climbers.

This book received awesome reviews! Many owners of the book claim that this is the best reference book they bought.

The book describes a wide range of flowering plants: annuals, perennials, bulbs shrubs, climbers, herbs, cacti and more. And it also provides practical gardening advice.

The Amazon book description says the following about the book:

"Each section opens with an introduction to planting, followed by in-depth plant profiles. Each plant profile offers detailed at-a-glance information with a month-by-month reminder on how, when, and where to grow each plant. Easy-to-follow growing advice is included throughout on over 600 plants and the book also explores what can go wrong and how to protect different species".

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