Bridging the gap between scientific texts and everyday horticultural books, this guide provides an insight into the relationships between garden plants and their environments, the history of plant development (as studied through fossils), and DNA studies, set to revolutionize classification. Volume 2 focuses on herbaceous plants, covering over 550 genera of annuals, biennials, perennials, bulbs, and aquatic plants. DNA studies proved vitally important in the classification of these plants, which had previously been imprecise. Starting with the ancient mosses and ferns, the book moves through all the flowering plants closing with a separate section on distinctive reeds and grasses. It should provide a useful aid to any aspiring gardener.
Roger Phillips pioneered the use of colour photography to reliably identify natural history subjects. He has 30 books to his credit and has won numerous awards, including three for the best designed books. He wrote and presented two major television series: BBC's Quest for the Rose and C4's 3000 Mile Garden. Martyn Rix is a botanist, plant collector and gardener. He has produced 17 books and numerous scientific papers and collaborated with Roger Phillips to producing 23 illustrated titles for the Pan/Macmillan gardening series. He was recently awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for his services to horticulture.