OLD GARDEN BOOKS
Margaret Roach mentions her book A Way to Garden on her blog by the same name, not promotionally because it's out of print but among some other old garden books that she recommends. One that she mentioned is Crockett's Victory Garden (1971) --that may have been my first garden book and I still have it.
Another old garden book that is one of my favs is Alys Clancy's Garden Guide (1977). Alys wrote for the News Journal, Daytona Beach. Some of her plants are marginally tender here, but most are just perfect for my garden. She addresses garden chores from pruning to propagation. Her instructions for gathering and growing amaryllis seed are right on.
I gave away Ms. Roach's book to a beginning gardener. I give away many well illustrated gardening books once they're well read here. Some that are full of words of instruction I keep forever, like Alys's.
NEW GARDEN BOOKS
My copy of Tropicalismo! by Pam Baggett came not long ago, hot off the press. Pam has a wilder imagination than mine, having had her own nursery until recently. Many of the plants she grew as annuals are borderline perennial here. I'm growing Strobilanthes, Pentas, Pineapple sage and others in the greenhouse to have a colorful head start. I'll be looking for plants of Duranta and Tibouchina in the spring. I'll start saved seeds of tender tropicals inside well before the last frost date.