Gardener's Guide to Tropical Plants: Cool Ways to Add Hot Colors, Bold Foliage, and Striking Textures

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Cool Springs Press, Aug 15, 2012 - Gardening - 240 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Welcome to Growing Tropical Plants
7
Where and How Tropicals Grow
17
Tips and Techniques
27
The More the Merrier
37
Why We Love Tropicals
41
Tropicals in Pots Baskets and Boards
57
Breathe Easier
67
Featured Tropicals
77
Plants for Special Features
213
Resources
218
Photography Credits
219
Maps
220
Index
223
Meet Nellie Neal
229
Gardening Notes
230
Copyright

Plants for Special Sites
208

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Nellie Neal is a garden writer and radio host who's known to many as "the Garden Mama." She learned to garden in her native north Louisiana and spent her childhood visiting relatives all over Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. After years in California and south Louisiana, Nellie made her home in central Mississippi and began her radio programs and website, www.gardenmama.com. She earned her gardening stripes through hands-on gardening in hot, humid, and sometimes buggy conditions. Today she gardens with her husband, Dave Ingram, and visits their children in New Orleans.

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