In this catalog of native and introduced trees, shrubs, and plants for gardens located in hardiness Zone 8 (particularly the Southeast from South Carolina to north and central Florida, and west to parts of Texas), the Rogers provide general information about major species, including geographic origin, botanical description, and brief cultivation advice. But they offer little details about specific cultivars (most notably in the section on roses). Several charts summarize horticultural characteristics, but some include a disconcerting number of question marks under flower or fruit color. Entries are arranged by generic name with indexes providing further access by common name and family. The overall approach of this book is more conversational and anecdotal than other similar regional titles, such as R. Gordon Halfacre's Landscape Plants of the Southeast (Sparks Pr., 1986). For public and academic libraries in the region, comprehensive collections elsewhere.--Beth Clewis, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond, Va.