What's the difference between an indespensible and inspirational reference book and a rectangular, three-dimensional, 75 dollar dust magnet? Answer: only difference, how often you pick it up and use it. There are plenty of reviews out there that describe certain garden books as "must-have" that I respectfully disagree with. I should know, I have a small library of garden books I rarely, if ever, pick up and read. I have listed below a few (that are especially relevant to gardeners up here in the north country) that I refer to time and time again. Granted that there are not libraries worth of garden books just for Alaskans. There are however, several books of note for gardener's in cold climates. Let's dive right in, shall we?
While we are on the topic of grasses, anything by Rick Darke (a worldwide authority) is desireable. My current favorite is Grasses for Liveable Landscapes published by Timber Press. Everything you might wish to know is covered. Don't worry, there are plenty of inspiring pictures to hold interest! The encyclopedic portion is indespensible. Many, many ornamental grasses are hardy for us in Alaska: run, do not walk, to the library to check this one out.
This just scratches the surface of books tailored for cold climates, but I can reccommend all the above books to any Alaska gardener. For more selections, search "cold climate gardening books" online. And have your wallet or library card handy.