Flowering shrubs; foliage shrubs; flowering trees; evergreen trees; deciduous trees; fruit trees.
Australian publisher Murdoch Books have produced an attractive introduction to shrubs and trees. It is compiled by Susin Leong and Tracy Loughlin who have selected their favourites and divided them between flowering and foliage interest, evergreen and deciduous and fruit trees. The backbone of every garden they can add colour, shape and form to a garden throughout the year. From the silvery bark of the silver birch to the vibrant autumnal hues of the acers, the red-tipped spring leaves of photinia and pieris to the purple-leaved cotinus, the red fruit of the apple and the gold of the plum, trees and shrubs offer a diverse range of features to suit every garden and situation. Lavishly illustrated and with well-written text, the only drawback is the inclusion of trees and shrubs not hardy in the UK and it will take a reasonably experienced gardener to recognise these. Nevertheless it is a handy reference for gardeners looking for something a little special to plant in their garden. - Lucy Watson