am 11. Mai 2000
If you want from pictures to propagation this is one of the best books I own. Equally at home on the coffee table or in the garden. If you have ever planted two roses both 3 to 4 feet only to find you have Tom Thumb and Audrey from the Little Shop of Horrors growing side by side,you will appreciate the simple color, size and height chart.
Beales gives each rose its own set of likes dislikes etc. in a handy icon format. He is as dedicated as an English nanny to the uniqueness of each rose's culture and care.
The only drawback to the book is that it is directed to the English climate. So if one lives in zones 7-10 in the United States or elsewhere some of the roses listed as hardy will the rose from hell to grow. Others may be easy that are listed as delicate. But this is a fairly minor problem.
If you want to landscape, plant or simply look as roses this is a great book.
am 11. Mai 2000
From pictures to propagation this "the" book to own about old and new classic roses. It is equally at home on the coffee table or in the garden. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate. But it is above all a well planned comprehensive garden guide.
If you have ever planted two roses, both labled 3 to 4 feet, only to find you have Tom Thumb and Audrey from the "Little Shop of Horrors" growing side by side, you will love the a handy color and height chart.
Beales is as dedicated as an English nanny to the uniqueness of each rose's culture and care. Diseases and resistance, pruning, sun or part shade are all listed with each rose in a handy icon format. Especially helpful for problem spots in the garden or problems specific to regions.
Its one drawback is that it discounts the higher zones 7-10. If one lives in these zones the "easy" rose may be the rose from hell to grow and a "delicate rose" may be a Charles Atlas. This is not a problem except in specific cases. It is easily overcome by checking local nurseries or rose growers. However, it is worth noting for those of you who buy roses on line or by mail order.
A wonderfully well organized and helpful book for the beginner or the experienced gardener.
If you want to landscape, plant or simply look as roses this book covers all bases.