My Photo

Here you'll find

  • Transatlantic views on garden plants, native plants, invasive plants, books about plants… Plus comment on wildlife, catalog(ue)s, the smartness and the absurdity of plant names, the transatlantic life, fishing, music and more... From Northamptonshire (zone 8) in England and the much icier Pennsylvania (zone 5) in the USA.

Published last year

Bloom-Again Orchids

My American books

Now published

My British books

My hellebore book

  • For all you need to know about hellebores, check out my hellebore book - just click on the jacket

Every blog should have a cat

Some blogs should have two cats

  • Follow me on Twitter for updates on my blogs and more. Click the Twitter logo.

My websites

  • Award-winning Garden and Plant Stock Photography

Colo(u)rful edibles

Also from Graham Rice

« Fat discount on award-winning plants magazine | Main | A very unpredictable phlox »

November 12, 2012


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Book Bullet: Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs by Michael A. Dirr:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

John Roscoe

Respectfully, I never would have thought of looking up perennials in this book, so the omission of 'salvia' makes sense to me. In that vein, including 'erica' or 'hebe' at all is a surprise.

As a young plantsman, nothing compares to Dirr's reference books for their rare combination of sceintific accuracy and common language critiques. I only wish that I hadn't save for so long to get the previous edition, just before this one was released!


I got a degree in Hort in 2003 and Dirr has been my go-to plant book since. Of course, you are right, not everything is included, especially since I now live in the NW. So I supplement with Sunset and other books. But Dirr is still THE source for all the info- I am a Horticulturist and designer so I need to know sizes, ornamental characteristics & cultural requirements too. I'm looking forward to adding the new addition to my collection.


The book must have so much information about the shrubs and trees. This is nice info for me..Great resources.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Now published

  • My ebooks for British and American gardeners

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Follow me on Twitter for updates on my blogs and more. Click the Twitter logo.

Search my blog

  • Custom Search

Published last year

Bloom-Again Orchids

  • Award-winning Garden and Plant Stock Photography

  • Award-winning Garden and Plant Stock Photography

Reading my blog

  • Pictures Hover the mouse point over a picture to see the caption, click on a picture to see a much larger version.

    Reading blogs Click here for advice on how to read blogs.

Blog powered by Typepad