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Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plantsby Andrew Keys
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It's a tired turn of phrase, but the grass is always greener on the other side. And for gardeners, it's not just the grass — it's the flowers, the shrubs, and the trees.
No longer! Pining to grow lilac but lack the full sun? Try the fragrant pink and white flowers of Korean spice viburnum. Love the drama of canna but need something hardier? Try the bold foliage of variegated fleece flower. Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? offers hundreds of all-star alternatives that replace — and often outshine — popular problem plants.
Garden designer Andrew Keys makes it easier than ever to skip over the fussy plant prima donnas and move toward the equally gorgeous understudies. Each profile shows the problem plant and offers three alternatives that include three or more of the original plant's characteristics — hardiness, shape, color, texture, light, and size.
With this fun and accessible guide, you can discover the secret to choosing the plants destined to be the new stars of your garden.
"Landscape designer Keys lends helpful guidance for shaking up the standard fare in a garden with exciting alternatives. Laid out visually to assist the amateur horticulturist and garden designer, standard problem-children plants are listed in the left column, followed by two or three alternate choices, their growth habits, and reasons why they work as a good alternative. Why choose a hybrid tea rose ('queen of the fussy plant prom') when a Miniature Snowflake mock orange promises half the maintenance and twice the bloom life? The book includes 350 color photographs and strong graphics for quick referral to standard horticultural information: hardiness, shape, color, texture, light requirements, and size. This is a lively, helpful guide offering needed redress for the tired garden — and gardener." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Andrew Keys is the kind of guy you frisk at the gate to make sure he's not carrying a concealed shovel: insatiable, with a boundless love for all things botanical."
"This book will help you solve problems before they start!"
About the Author
Andrew Keys is a writer, designer, and lifelong gardener, Garden Confidential podcaster and columnist at Fine Gardening, and author of the book Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? : 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants (Timber Press). Descended from Mississippi cotton farmers, Andrew was raised with a reverence for the land passed down generations, and first fell in love with plants in the woods of his childhood home. Andrew’s feature articles have appeared in Fine Gardening, he’s written for Leaf Magazine and Coastal Home, and he splits his time between plants and his work as the web manager for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Andrew is a Northeast Organic Farming Association-accredited organic landcare professional, and his consulting philosophy is centered on sustainable planting. He can be found online at his blog, Garden Smackdown.
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