Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?

255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants

Book - 2012
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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.

Baker & Taylor
A Garden Confidential podcaster and columnist at Fine Gardening presents an entertaining and accessible guide that offers hundreds of all-star alternatives that replace popular problem plants. Original.

Book News
Writing in a conversational style with a sense of humor, Fine Gardening columnist and podcaster Keys describes alternatives for replacing high-maintenance drama queens of the plant world with equally attractive plants that tolerate seasons and temperatures, require less water, and often closely resemble popular plants that are harder to grow or tend to take over the yard or garden. Intro chapters give advice on how to choose plants based on factors such as texture, size, shape, and hardiness. The bulk of the book is divided into sections on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, and groundcovers. Each entry shows a small color photo of a problem plant, and a large color photo of the plant to replace it. The guide concludes with lists of books, websites, and mail-order sources for plants. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Presents a guide to alternative plants used to replace popular, yet difficult-to-maintain plants, shrubs, and trees in the garden, and provides information on climate and care of each alternative plant.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604692860
Branch Call Number: 635 K523w
Characteristics: 336 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm


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Jan 21, 2013

This was definitely a book for the east coast, south, and Great Lakes regions. Many of the "problem plants" do beautifully here in the Pacific NW, and some of the "solution" plants were dangerously invasive here! All in all, this would have been much better as a regional book or series of books.

Jan 19, 2013

I found the format kind of hard to follow (which were the problem plants, which were the good ones), but when I figured that out, I realized it was a great resource. This has definitely influenced some ideas I have for my landscaping in my backyard. This is written by a southerner, and there is no zone map, so make sure you know what garden zone you live in, so you can pick out plants that work in your climate. Enjoy!


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