Climbing, scrambling clematis are among the most desirable vines for gardens, from showy cultivars with huge flowers to vigorous species producing fluffy seedheads that outshine their blooms. Experienced and novice gardeners should equally enjoy delving into this comprehensive yet readily accessible overview of the genus. To inspire readers, Toomey and Leeds provide background history, an excellent botanical summary accompanied by concise line drawings, and sensible advice on cultivating and caring for myriad clematis varieties. The book's extensive directory includes essential information on more than 800 plants (with nearly as many photographs), including the origin, habitat, flowering period, and description for each. Whether the reader is a clematis aficionado or a budding greenthumb, this encyclopedic reference may well prove to be the ultimate resource for years to come, offering gardeners help in selecting plants appropriate for various geographical regions and growing conditions, and detailing the cultural requirements for a plant already acquired.