Here’s a few more of my favorite books for Woody Plant References. The “holy trinity” of Dirr’s woody plant references, these three books include just about everything you need or want to know about trees, shrubs and vines for your garden.
- Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
- Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propogation and Uses
- Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
The Manual is a textbook with information on how to identify, grow and propagate, and includes descriptions of thousands of cultivars; the other two have plenty of photographs to accompany the listings. The Hardy Trees and Shrubs book is more well-known for plants hardy to the Maryland area, but the Warm Climates book include over 40 genera that also do well here and are planted regularly. For every plant I write about, and every one I think of growing, I read up on it in a Dirr book first.
By Miri Talabac, Woody Plant Buyer