The purpose of this book is to supply the American home owner and landscape gardener with a careful analysis of the best that is available in this field in the American market. Now that European nurseries are sending in quantities of ""new"" shrubs and vines, it is necessary to take stock of what is already tested here. Most of those included herewith are grown in the Arnold Arboretum (Boston); most are adaptable to the temperate zone, and the zone map (not available with galleys) will indicate in conjunction with text, the advisability of what to use and where. Certain aspects of the subject are omitted,- pruning, transplanting, spraying -- either because of adequate coverage elsewhere in standard sources, or of the period of change through which such materials as spraying materials are going. Simplicity in use of scientific names and avoidance of controversial issues on minutiae makes this practical for general use. The main text includes these topics, with accompanying lists:- order of bloom, ornamental fruits, foliage colors, shrubs for various purposes and locations, and -- main part of the book-an extensive general list of recommended shrubs, with descriptive data. Less space is given to vines, but in general the system follows that used with shrubs. The use of the book as a reference handbook is made very easy, with cross reference, code numbers, etc. A final section on secondary plant lists may prove valuable as hints on shrubs and vines not generally recommended.