Publications by Cole Burrell

Cole delights in writing about gardens and nature, and his writing reflects a love of plants. He champions their use in artistically designed, environmentally friendly gardens. Cole has published 12 gardening titles and authored over 150 articles for popular gardening magazines such as Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Organic Gardening. Cole is available for freelance writing projects.

Perennial Combinations

Perennial Combinations by Cole Burrell

An best-selling title with over 100,000 copies sold.

“This is a must have addition to the library for the new gardener as well as the consummate professional.”
—Lucy Hardiman, Perennial Partners

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Hellebores by Cole Burrell

Winner of the American Horticulture society Book Award, 2007. Coauthored with Judith Knott Tyler.
Judith Knott Tyler's website.

"This thorough and reliable book is the most up-to-date available on the genus at present." 
—Tony Lord, Plantsman

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Also available from Timber Press
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Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials

Perennials by Cole Burrell

Revised and updated, a trusted reference.

"A great deal of expertise and thorough research has gone into the making of this encyclopedia, and it shows on every page."
—Christopher Lloyd, author of The Well-Tempered Garden and The Adventurous Gardener

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Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants by Cole Burrell

A practical guide for Native Plant Enthusiasts

“Aside from being a good resource for identifying invasive plants, it's great to have an easy way to find better plant options”
—Cate, from

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Great Natives for Tough Places

Native Plants for Tough Places by Cole Burrell

Plant encyclopedia written by Cole.

“If, like me, you are more familiar with ornamental plants than natives, this is a great book for you.”
—D. Williamson, from

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Intimate Gardens

Intimate Gardens by Cole Burrell

Coauthored with Lucy Hardiman

“Intimate Gardens provides tips for the gardener with a small urban space or a larger ex-urban space in need of humanizing.”
—D. Foster, from

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The Natural Water Garden

The Natural Water Garden by Cole Burrell

A unique perspective on water gardening.

“This is one of the most practical and useful ponding books I have, and I have plenty.”
—Yellow, from

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