This is my favorite gardening reference book. I have been a gardener for a long time and have gotten to know both the common and scientific names of hundreds of plants. There are still times when I am stumped on the name of a plant, or the needs of a particular plant, so I turn to my handy "Great Plant Guide". One of the things I like the most about this book is the size. It measures approximately 4 ½" x 5 ½ " x 1 ½" thick. The size makes it easy for me to carry in my purse when I am at a plant sale for easy reference to plant information.
The book has over 3000 plants listed in alphabetical order with pictures of every plant! There are two plants listed to every page with a short paragraph of information on the plant including where it should be planted, the zone it is for and the height of the plant at maturity. In the back of the book there are suggested plants listed in different categories, such as, plants for poor soil, plants for sun, or shade. There is also a hardiness zone map.
The only negative thing I can think of, is that the names of the plants are all in their scientific names, so if you are only familiar with common names, this may not be as helpful to you. So I guess I would recommend this to a more experienced gardener than a novice.