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How to choose all-star plants: 10 tips on bringing the right plant home

by Timber Press on January 11, 2013

in Design, Gardening

Wondering how to pick the best plants for your garden? There are many things to consider when shopping for plants. Here are 10 tips on bringing the right plant home taken from Andrew Keys’ new book, Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants.



Andrew Keys is a writer, designer, consultant, and lifelong gardener. The host and producer of Fine Gardening‘s Garden Confidential podcast, his writing has appeared in Fine Gardening and other magazines, as well as on his blog, Garden Smackdown.


“It’s nice to have this as a source book for choosing plants for my garden when I’m tired of pandering to something I already have or I’m ready for a change. Andrew’s book can be a help towards gardening smarter, not harder!” —Kylee Baumle, Horticulture

“The key to Keys is the way he nudges us out of our box, and gets us thinking. … This is ‘teach a man to fish’ stuff that will hold its value, no matter which new plant alternatives come along.” —Toronto Gardens blog

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