Definitely a book for a serious gardener, whose primary interest lies in herbs, grown for decorative as well as culinary values, and with a secondary collector's passion. For the average gardener, there is a great deal of information here that will be a surprise. Who would dream, for instance, that things as unconnected as iris and hollyhocks can be classed under herbs? Mrs. Fox has established a reputation as an authority in the field. This book is the result of some forty years of experience, experiment, research, study. She has grouped the herbs under their larger headings:-mints, savories, thymes, along with other ground covers, sages, lavenders and rosemaries, rue and parsley, early American medicinal herbs, artemesias, onions, annual herbs, decorative herbs -- and the shrubs and trees that can be related to the herb garden as background. Special.