The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell
Sometimes you get tired of reading about plants. You want to know what an experienced gardener really FEELS about the task. Mitchell, for twenty five years a garden columnist for the Washington Post, died with dirt on his hands, helping a friend plant daffodils. This book collects his funniest and most observant writings.
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Dr. Michael Dirr
The Bible of woody plant information used by millions of landscapers and enthusiastic gardeners. If Mike has a comment about a plant, you can trust it. Contains not only plant culture information, but witty comments on his personal experiences with the plant.