Winterrowd offers a fine introduction to the world of annuals from the classics (as seen in a new light) to many new gems. Creative ideas are shared to grow annuals in borders, containers, or used as cut flowers for an indoor arrangement. In a chapter dedicated to gardening techniques, Winterrowd shares a lifetime of gardening experience and discusses everything from starting seeds, staking, to saving seeds.
Winterrowd’s candid comments are generously given and very informative - even comical at times. He describes the large and striking Scotch thistle as “If there were gardens on the moon, the ghostly Onopordum acanthium would surely grow there. And the moon, or any other place far away, is where some people might wish this plant, for it is frankly and fiercely a thistle, clad up and down, leaf tips, stems, and flower bud, with painfully sharp prickles.”