Friday, June 15, 2012
Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates -- Book Review
Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates by Will Giles is published by TimberPress.
This book expresses my feeling that a garden can be unique, exotic and yet, very doable. I myself have used banana trees, canna & calla lilies, pineapple lilies, Mexican shell flowers, brugmansias, mandevillas, hardy cactus, gardenia and tropical hibiscus to add a bit of the unusual to my garden. My garden already sports southern magnolias, a hardy orange tree and a variegated zelkova to add interest. This book covers all of these and many many more. I use oxalis in my garden pots & I had to restrain my mother-in-law--who is from New Zealand--from using my weed torch on them. Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates covers all these plants except the oxalis so maybe like my mother-in-law consider it a weed. Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates covers 1500 plant species to add that touch to your garden and has over 500 colour photographs. It has given me ideas my family will only roll their eyes at, if I even suggest them. One of them is to use more aroids. Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates by Will Giles is the book to inspire the novice gardener and even the bored accomplished horticulturalist.