Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? by Andrew Keys
255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants

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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.

 

About Andrew Keys

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Andrew Keys is a writer, designer, and lifelong gardener, Garden Confidential podcaster and columnist at Fine Gardening, and author of the book Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? : 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants (Timber Press). Descended from Mississippi cotton farmers, Andrew was raised with a reverence for the land passed down generations, and first fell in love with plants in the woods of his childhood home. Andrew’s feature articles have appeared in Fine Gardening, he’s written for Leaf Magazine and Coastal Home, and he splits his time between plants and his work as the web manager for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Andrew is a Northeast Organic Farming Association-accredited organic landcare professional, and his consulting philosophy is centered on sustainable planting. He can be found online at his blog, Garden Smackdown.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Timber Press. 340 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Landscape designer Keys lends helpful guidance for shaking up the standard fare in a garden with exciting alternatives.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Why Grow That When You Can Gr...

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If there’s one thing that nearly all gardeners have in common, it’s that we try to grow things that we know darn well aren’t suited for our gardens.

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