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The well-chosen garden.

There seems to be no end to the flow of garden books from Britain. Many are beautiful but frustrating, showing us plants we can never grow in space we don't have. A recent exception is Christopher Lloyd's The Well-Chosen Garden (Harper and Row, New York, 1984; $18.95). It is a treasure-house of information for gardeners in any climate, chiefly because it is about the way in which plants grow and relate to each other and to their surroundings.

The book is a collection of 38 essays, each dealing with a particular garden problem, season, or opportunity. Each lists and describes useful plants for the situation, and each is illustrated with one or more color photographs. Essay subjects range widely: "Weavers and edge breakers" (plants that spill into paths and fill in between larger plants); "House walls" (vines and shrubs for covering large walls); and "Dark, dry, and rooty" (plants that will grow at the base of trees).

Lloyd's own well-stocked garden supplied much of the material for the book. Many of the plants he discusses are uncommon or rare, but many are not. The principles he gardens by are applicable anywhere. For instance, to save space he recommends accommodating herbs into the flower garden rather than growing them by themselves, and suggests the use of more ornamental forms--tricolor or golden sage instead of the common kind.
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