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The Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plantsby Robert Lee Riffle
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Meant primarily for gardeners in USDA zones 8-10, The Tropical Look encompasses most of the southern U.S. and the West Coast. This groundbreaking encyclopedia of lush plants will also be useful to gardeners in other zones who are interested in growing tropical-looking plants (as opposed to strictly tropical plants, which cannot endure a frost) as half-hardy, annual, or conservatory plants.
Book News Annotation:
A compendium of some 2,000 plants which either appear to be or literally are tropical, plus cacti and succulents. Ideal for gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 8 and higher, it also lists some plants suitable to cooler zones as annuals or die-back plants. Each entry provides complete information on cold- hardiness as well as cultural requirements and a detailed description. Includes some 400 luscious color photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Tropical Look is a truly unique compendium of nearly 2,000 plants that evoke languorous landscapes of swaying palms, dripping banana leaves, and vibrant frangipani blossoms. Over 400 stunning photographs included. Helpful lists in the appendix break down plants into various categories, and a full glossary of botanical terms is also included.
This unique compendium of nearly 2000 plants is meant primarily for gardeners who live in USDA hardiness zones 8 and higher, but those living in cooler zones will still find many plants to bring color and interesting foliage their gardens.
About the Author
Robert Lee Riffle (1940'"2006) was known throughout the horticultural community for his expertise on all things tropical, especially palms. His landmark book, The Tropical Look, won an American Horticultural Society Book Award in 1999, as did An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms(with co-author Paul Craft) five years later. Bob received a degree in music from Centenary College and briefly pursued studies in botany at the University of Texas, Austin.
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