Posted: 22/11/2016 at 19:52
I still like a book though I use a lot of on line resources now.
The Roger Phillips/Martyn Rix series is good. Shrubs. Perennials in 2 volumes. Wild flowers. Grasses and more.
I have a huge RHS book with thousands of plants but I don't like it much
Books on a single genus or species cover more in depth. eg Christopher Grey-Wilson's Poppies.
More recently a couple by Dan Hinkley, The Explorer's Garden; 'Shrubs and Vines' and 'Perennials'
The old Reader's Digest book is good but too many name changes over the years and, being in alphabetical order, it makes things hard to find.
Assorted wildflower guides, some better than others, some might go to the charity shop when I get round to it
Plantfinder in case I forget how to spell something
Hillier's Trees and Shrubs
Assorted Christopher LLoyd, but I don't recommend the later ones which are all glossy pics and less Lloyd wit.
I've probably forgotten something important