The Color of Roses: A Curated Spectrum of 300 Blooms

Ten Speed: Crown. Mar. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781984861160. $35. GARDENING
Hahn, a recognized expert on roses and the owner of Rose Story Farm, has created a catalog of 300 recommended roses, each on its own page accompanied by a photograph. After a brief introduction, the roses are organized by color, starting with the palest varieties and moving through to the darker shades. Each entry contains the rose name, breeder, type of plant, size, floriferousness, and fragrance level. Pearson’s photographs are detailed, clear, and vivid; any imperfections on the gorgeous blooms are included. The roses are not divided into sections, so readers will have to page through to find the color they seek. Given the beauty of the images, they probably won’t mind.
VERDICT Recommended as a secondary purchase for libraries with a large gardening collection.
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