Hodgson is refreshingly open in sharing his opinions of perennials (good or bad), which is a real boon for gardeners (especially new ones). He believes in revealing the true nature of a plant, “warts and all”, so that readers can make their own informed decision about growing it (or not). This, plus his decades of gardening experience (and his plantaholic nature) really makes this book a valuable reference for anyone growing perennials.
Perennials for Every Purpose includes a great list of ten things to look for in a perennial and the ten commandments of perennial design as well as seven garden plans designed by professionals for home gardeners to adapt (no matter what size garden).
More than 700 plants are listed by their special features rather than by alphabetical order in the bulk of the book. Fourteen categories of plants such as everblooming, no-care and low-care, drought-resistant, shade blooming, fabulous foliage, groundcovers, and bird and butterfly attracting perennials are presented. Each plant is given a generous two page allotment and contains information on the plant profile, growing tips, good neighbours (companion plant notes), problems and solutions as well as the top performer is highlighted. Also included are sidebars sharing “Larry’s garden notes”, fun facts from around the world, and kissing cousins (notable relatives) - all important information that should not be missed.