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Gardener's Guide to Tropical Plants: Cool Ways to Add Hot Colors, Bold Foliage, and Striking Textures (Gardener's Guides)by Nellie Neal
Synopses & Reviews
Now gardeners can bring an exotic flair to their gardens by introducing the color, textures, and fabulous foliage of tropical plants. Not just for hot climates anymore, bromeliads, orchids, bananas, palms, birds of paradise, elephant ears, canna, and more can bring a touch of the tropics to any garden. Gardener’s can choose from more than 150 plants featured in this book, each chosen for the visual impact it adds to any landscape or container garden. Plants are organized by a range of clearly defined zones, making it easy for gardeners to find the plants that will succeed in their landscape. Author Nellie Neal explains how to best use tropical plants both indoors and out. To make this book a universally useful guide, it is organized to explain how to grow tropical plants in a wide range of clearly defined zones. Further, the book illustrates how to best use these plants in landscapes and containers, indoors and out, no matter where you live. It is a practical, user-friendly celebration of tropical plants.
When you dream about the tropics, what do you see? Is it waving palm trees, hibiscus, and bird of paradise plants? What if you could grow that dream, right in your own backyard? Well, guess what—you can!
There are many tropicals well suited to the ever-expanding tropic and subtropic zones of the United States. But even if you live where it gets downright cold in the winter, you can grow many tropicals outdoors during the summer, then bring them indoors during the winter to brighten a sunny room.
The Gardener’s Guide to Tropical Plants features:
*More than 130 striking plants
*Design tips and suggestions that help anyone add cool colors, bold foliage, and striking textures to their garden
*Ways to overwinter tropical plants—indoors and out!
You don’t have to leave town to have a tropical experience—you can grow one, right in your own backyard!
About the Author
Known as “The GardenMama” to her radio audiences, Nellie Neal writes and speaks from a solid educational background coupled with a lifetime of gardening successes and failures. She learned to garden from her grandfather in Monroe, Louisiana, and spent summers gardening and crabbing with her great aunt in Gulfport, Mississippi. Nellie went on to major in English and Horticulture at Louisiana State University, earning a B.S. in 1974, in Baton Rouge, where programs are entirely focused on tropical and subtropical plants. Nellie has grown plants, bought and sold plants, tested new varieties, and helped sustain old ones. She has planted and maintained landscapes and movie sets, mowed lawns, watered greenhouses, waited on customers in garden retail, and taught gardening to students of every age.
Nellie began writing and speaking about gardening from her home office in 1990 and began her radio programs in 1994. Such longevity in on-air media depends on loyal listeners, and they seek out GardenMama because of her passion and articulate, friendly presence. She presents formal lectures, demonstrations, and workshops to 20 groups annually. Her favorite feedback comes from gardeners who use her advice and tell her that it works.
Her timely Regional Reports appear online at www.nationalgardening.com, where she writes twice monthly about the Southern Coasts and Tropics Regions. She blogs weekly at her website, gardenmama.com, and twice monthly for Diggin’ It, the online gardening section of the Christian Science Monitor. Her print columns appear weekly in the Clarion Ledger newspaper and nine times annually in Mississippi Gardener magazine. The owner of GardenMama, Inc., Nellie is a member of the Garden Writers Association and a founding member of greatgardenspeakers.com. She is the author of several books, including Questions and Answers for Deep South Gardeners, Getting Started in Southern Gardening, Ortho’s All About Greenhouses, Ortho’s All About Houseplants, and Organic Gardening Down South.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Welcome to Growing Tropical Plants
In Your Garden: Where and How Tropicals Grow
Controlling Pests and Diseases: Tips and Techniques
Propagation: The More the Merrier
Design and Garden Uses: Why We Love Tropicals
Container Gardening: Tropicals in Pots, Baskets, and Boards
Bringing Tropical Plants Indoors: Breathe Easier
Plants for Special Sites
Plants for Special Features
Meet Nellie Neal
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