Looking to trim your gardening library with only a few essential books? Then start with this bibliography compiled from suggestions of Durham County Master Gardener volunteers. You'll have great references and no fillers!
Adams, William D. and Thomas R. LeRoy. The Southern kitchen garden: vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers essential for the Southern cook. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2007.
Bost, Toby and Jim Wilson. The Carolinas gardener’s guide. Franklin, Tennessee, Cool Springs Press, 2004.
Chaplin, Lois Trigg. The Southern gardener’s book of lists: the best plants for all your needs, wants, and whims. Taylor Trade Publishing, 1994.
Foote, Leonard E. and Samuel B. Jones, Jr. Native shrubs and woody vines of the Southeast: landscaping uses and identification. Timber Press, 1989.
Halfacre, R. Gordon. Landscape plants of the Southeast. Sparks Press, 1989.
Holmes, Roger. Taylor’s guide to gardening in the South (Taylorís Gardening Guides). Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
Holmes, Roger and Rita Buchanan. Home landscaping, Southeast region. New Jersey, Upper Saddle River, Creative Homeowner Press, 1998.
Justice, William S., C. Ritchie Bell, Anne H. Lindsey. Wild flowers of North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Loewer, Peter. The winter garden: planning and planting for the Southeast. Stackpole Books, 1997.
Ogden, Scott. Garden bulbs for the South. 2nd edition. Timber Press, 2007.
Polomski, Bob. Month-by-month gardening in the Carolinas: what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year. Cool Springs Press, 2006.
Radford, Albert E., Harry E. Ahles, C. Ritchie Bell. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1968.
Southern Living garden book. Birmingham, Alabama, Oxmoor House, 2004.