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Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates

By Will Giles

If your landscape needs a wake-up call, this book will be its three-alarm siren.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

With their bold foliage, exuberant colors, and luscious scents, exotic plants ignite curiosity and thrill the senses. Fortunately for gardeners in the world's temperate regions, it's not necessary to live in the tropics to experience spiky agaves and brilliant cannas. With some 1500 species and cultivars described, the Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates covers many plant groups, including aroids, bananas, gingers, bromeliads, cacti, yuccas, ferns, and palms. Detailed cultivation advice enables gardeners of all levels to make informed choices from an expansive plant palette. Over 500 color photos enhance this inspirational and authoritative resource.

Media reviews

"This lavishly illustrated guide to the bold foliage, exuberant colors and heady fragrances of exotic plants will inspire any local gardener to experiment with zonal denial and plant more spiky agaves, bold cannas, and hardy banana and palm trees. ... The luscious photos of these unusual plants will seduce any gardener into planting a bed of these wild and exotic specimens. If your landscape needs a wake-up call, this book will be its three-alarm siren."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Here's the book for you if you're a hopelessly adventuresome 'envelope-pusher' in the garden."

—George Weigel, Harrisburg Patriot-News

"A feast for gardeners who love a challenge and who embrace Giles' adventurous spirit, his sense that the garden should be a place of fun, pleasure and fulfillment. ... If his enthusiasm doesn't get you, his gorgeous color photographs will."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"Drawing on his experience running the acclaimed Exotic Garden in the very temperate Norwich, England, author Will Giles demonstrates how plants that supposedly shouldn't survive in temperate areas can be persuaded to prosper in the most dubious places."

—John Akeroyd, Garden Compass

About the author

Will Giles

A lifelong exotic plants enthusiast, Will Giles has created his own celebrated Exotic Garden in an unlikely location: England's east coast. Touted as the authority on growing exotic plants in temperate conditions, Will has appeared on a wide range of British television programs and contributes regularly to U.K. radio shows and magazines.

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