A Few Ruminations from the Author

What the reader sees is the essence of this treatise—a photographic essay that profiles and high* lights ihe most common woody landscape pEants adapted to the cooler environments of northern gardens. The principal zone coverage i* 3 to 6r although most species will grow Into Zones 7 of K rhe U.S, Department of Agriculture's Hardiness Zone Map), ihis book will com plement Timber Press's other excellent reference and garden offerings,

A book of this nature requires patience, particularly tn regard to the selection of photographs, If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then extraordinary attention should he afforded each photo selected. All photographs were taken by the author and represent 25 active years in pursuit of the perfect plant specimen* For some species, like Acer sacchantm, Sugar Maple, ] have 300 slides tn my collection; for others, like Htptacodium mhwnMdes, Seven-Soil Flower, there are only five,

Foj most principal species, a photograph of habit h included. Attendant to this are photos that show the essentia] ornamental characteristics, such as flower, fruit, fall color, and bark.

The brief text follows a more-or-1 ess defined format for each entry and includes-descriptions of habit, foliage and leaf characteristics, flower, fruit, bark, culture, potential landscape use, size, zones of adaptability, and native habitat* Common or more interesting culttvara are presented after the main treatment, often with attendant photographs.

The concept for this book was first discussed in 1983 by me and Mr. Richard Abel, then owner of Tim be? Press. Mr. Robert Conklin, current owner, has the same for the book as Richard and I Count less calls, comments, and letters over the years have Indicated the need kit such a reference. Garden designers, landscape architects, horticulturists, retail garden-center operators, and gardeners have expressed their collective desire for such a hook

It is written by a passionate gardener, plantsman, and observer of the biological world. 1 hope the book provides a measure of inspiration for ihe plants and incites the readers to search them out for their gardens and landscapes.

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