Palms Won't Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-climate Plants for Cooler Areas
Palms that grow in Canada? Bananas that overwinter in Michigan? How about southern crape myrtles that flower in Birmingham, England, instead of Birmingham, Alabama? Although the voice of authority — and nursery labels — might say, "You can't grow those plants here," author Dave Francko has a different message for gardeners: "Plants can't read the information on their tags." Laced with humorous anecdotes and based on years of first-hand observations and research, this book provides real-world information to help adventurous gardeners grow plants they never before dreamed possible. Nobody who reads this book will ever look at a plant label the same way again.
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great book - refer to it all the time - helped me bring a few palms back from the edge -
a little technical but worth the effort - wished it addressed some cultural practices or troubleshooting re: insects / fungus -
An interesting book with an overview of many cold hardy and "tropicalesque" plants.
In addition, there is information on how to care for these plants, where they have been grown and the tricks people have used to get them to grow in non-ideal zones or areas.
I found it strange that the author spent so much space on Crepe Myrtles, but barely covered bananas and only devoted maybe a page to citrus, but then, the book never claims to be a guide to "tropical" plants, but rather "warm climate" plants.
There are plants listed that give the warm climate look, but are OK with the cold, some things that I would have never thought of.
I did like that the author encouraged readers to experiment and that indeed, "plants cannot read their tags".
This book explains how cold hardiness in plants works and how to make use of this knowledge.
The only improvements that I could recommend is to spend more time on the "wow" plants like bananas and citrus, and that they add more pictures of mature specimens, as many of the plant photos are of juvenile plants that don't really give a sense of "permanence" or having braved multiple cold seasons.