I really liked this book's layout and its color pictures. The idea that the plants could contribute both as foliage and bloom was worked out well, as was the what plants should be used with which others. The information was easy to use and was paired well with generous photographs. The only thing I was wondering about was zone hardiness, as some of the plants were species I didn't recognize and I wasn't sure if they'd take to my area. Overall, a pleasant reference to use.