Picks and Pans Review: The Window Box Book

updated 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Anne M. Halpin

A charming nosegay of a book, this 93-pager is long on style. Displays are designed along themes. Romantic groupings "are lush with plants allowed to tumble together in playful disorder" as in the lavish purples, pinks and reds of petunia, lobelia and geranium. Wax begonias and sweet alyssum are marshaled in strict symmetry in the formal tradition. Halpin gives practical advice on how to choose, install and maintain window boxes. Sections on seasonal plantings, color schemes and a brief directory of plants provide the basics. Yet it's the endless summer quality of Solomon M. Skolnick's photographs of fresh blooms that makes this slim volume so special. (Simon and Schuster, $14.95)

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