Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers

Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers — Describing the Most Desirable Plants, for Borders, Rockeries, and Shrubberies is a horticulture and gardening book by John Wood, published in 1884 in London by L. Upcott Gill.[1] The book consists of descriptions of common British flowers, organized alphabetically by their scientific name. The first volume was released in April 1883.[2] The book was put online by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation in 2006.[1]

The book contains over 100 illustrations, including this Doronicum Caucasicum.

A review in Nature was lukewarm, expressing reservations about the bulk, cost, and spelling mistakes of the work.[2] The Athenaeum was more positive, excusing mistakes because "the book has no pretensions to be a scientific treatise."[3] The Saturday Review also praised it as a detailed and practical gardening book.[4]


  1. ^ a b Wood, John (2006). Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
  2. ^ a b "Notes". Nature. 28 (714): 233–234. 1883-07-01. doi:10.1038/028233a0. ISSN 1476-4687.
  3. ^ "Hardy Perennials and Old-Fashioned Garden Flowers". The Athenaeum. No. 3676. 1898-04-09. Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  4. ^ "New Books and Reprints". Saturday review of politics, literature, science and art. Vol. 57, no. 1481. 1884-03-15. p. 358.