This book, part of an excellent series, is for those who have adapted to the Western principles of gardening. The Home Landscaping Series promises to make your particular gardening situation easier because it's created to suit your regional needs, and it is one of the best this reviewer has ever seen. In Home Landscaping Series: Mid-Atlantic Region by Roger Holmes and Rita Buchanan, many of the questions you have about gardening in your region are answered by offering: beautiful garden designs, illustrations, and photos as well as expert plant selections created by a team of landscape professionals in the region; detailed descriptions of plants used in the designs, as well as advice on their selection and care; step-by-step instructions for garden projects such as paths, walls, patios, fences, trellises, arbors, and small ponds.

All of the books in this series are perfect for first-time home owners and novice gardeners, but more experienced gardeners will find them useful as well. These books consider far more than just winter hardiness zones when making plant recommendations. They address the full range of growing conditions in each region of the United States. In addition to the Mid-Atlantic Region, other books in the series address the Northeast Region (including Southeast Canada); the Southeast Region; and the Great Lakes Region (including Southern Canada). Keep the entire series on your bookshelves . . . you never know when you'll be moving.

Reviewed by Pat Regel.

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