When we purchased our home the landscaping was done but I wanted the garden to have my own personal touch. I have absolutely no gardening experience what so ever but I did know I would love a perennial garden that would show well through all seasons and then I found this book. It is informative, it encourages you to get out there and garden, and it just has such a wealth of info. There is a great list of plant suggestions. Definitely recommend it to anyone starting out!