Picks and Pans Review: The Wildflower Gardener's Guide: California, Desert Southwest and Northern Mexico Edition

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

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

by Henry W. Art

In these lands of violent extremes of wind, rain and temperature, wildflowers provide a perfect solution for many gardening problems. This book, the latest in a series on the nation's wildflowers, treats 34 of the most easily cultivated species of the Western deserts, California coastal ranges and the Great Basin. Art divides the species into four zones: desert, grassland, chaparral and foothill. Black-and-white botanical drawings by Hyla M. Skudder make identification a snap. A location map shows each wildflower's distribution. Easy-to-read chapters cover planting techniques, culture and soil requirements, and an appendix lists suppliers by state. (Garden Way, paper, $12.95)

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