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This book is a wonderful celebration of the influence of tropical plants in temperate-zone gardens. The images and text are filled with the vibrancy of the tropics, with all of the rich textures, colors and plant diversity found in those warmer climes.
Throughout Hot Plants for Cool Climates, the images of the gardens are endlessly fascinating. As in nature, no two plants are exactly the same. This diversity provides depth and detail that is intensely aesthetically pleasing.
The book is divided into chapters dealing with the growing revolt of gardeners against attempts by various groups to mandate what is to be grown in our gardens. The book is divided into chapters dealing with garden design, containers, hardy "tropical look-alikes" and winter survival techniques. These chapters are followed by a very thorough list of plants and sources.
Beautiful examples of gardens, lush photography and solid information about the most commonly available tropical plants rate this book a high recommendation.
— Boyce Tankersley, Manager of Living Plant Documentation, Chicago Botanic Garden