Herb Gardening in Five Seasons
Adelma Grenier Simmons
Hawthorn Books (1964), Hardcover
The Fragrant Year; scented plants for your garden and your house
Helen Van Pelt Wilson
illustrated by Leonie Bell
New York, M. Barrows; distributed by W. Morrow, 1967.
A bit outdated on information on Roses, but much of the text is still appropriate. Forcing bulbs has not changed. There is a very good section on dianthus. I'm always looking for something different for the fragrance garden.
There's a nice section on Aromatic Herbal Scents.
A glimpse of my herb garden.
News-Journal Corp. Daytona Beach, FL 1977
I love Alys's guide to gardening in the sands of North Florida, which generally applies to my garden as well. Some of her advice is spotty, but there are gems of useful information, originally written as daily columns in the News-Journal.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees : Eastern Region (Eastern)
Elbert Luther Little
Knopf (1980), Turtleback
Ortho Books (1985), Paperback
This book lists the tried and true cultivars. Azaleas listed that are among my favs are 'George Lindley Tabor,' 'Pink Pearl' and R. yedoense var. poukhanense.
Dogwoods in Bloom with azaleas Pink Ruffles, Pink Pearl and George Tabor in the Spring of 2008.
Southern Gardens, Southern Gardening
William Lanier Hunt
Duke University Press, 1982
Fun to read a book that mentions under new plants: white Loropetalum without a mention of the fuchsia blooms so popular today. The white has just now become a 'new' fav in the trade, after Michael Dirr dismissed it in his book.
Bold Romantic Gardens : the New World landscapes of Oehme and van Sweden
Reston, Va.: Acropolis, c1990
When I bought this book, back when it was newly published, I thought it the most wonderful book I'd seen. They were just slightly ahead of the big push toward grasses and broad plantings of natives. This isn't a truly old book, but it merits mention here because of being ahead of the trend.
What old books are treasures in your Library? How have they impacted your Garden?