Thank you popper. I got a change to find and view the books on various places on the internet. I especially like the book Tropical Flowering Plants. It is really laid out very well. I'll have to keep an eye out for a bargain on these books as they are quite pricey although I'm sure well worth it. Thanks again.
Finding a bargin on the 1st two, Barwick's on trees and the Llamas Flowering is tough. They are both such beautiful books that they dont get marked dowm too often. Barwick's is out of print, it is hard to find the book at retail price, let aloe on sale. If you jare a memeber of Books-A-Million book club you can get a pretty good discount on Llamas book which is still in print.
Tropical Plants for Home and Garden by William Warren (Thames & Hudson) First published in the UK, as Tropical Garden Plants. Now available in paperback in the US. see link attached. Very good book for the Tropical gardener.
Thanks for the info all. I'll be moving to the Houston area and don't have a lot of knowledge of the flora there being from New England. I had a wonderful cottage garden for many, many years and a lot of my favorite plant don't grow there.. Time to learn something new. At least I'll still be gardening!!!
I have a "Tropical Garden Flora" too! Great book, rather expensive and as Carol says, it's not a lap book! Nice book for us as it gives the local Hawaiian names for the plants as well as the botanical name.
There is a classic reference book here in the Islands... In Gardens of Hawaii by Marie Neal. This was published mid last century...maybe even earlier and it is still used as THE best reference. Tropical Garden Flora began over 20 years ago as a revision of Marie Neals' book and it took off to higher heights with more illustrations, taxonomic keys etc.
Yes...not a lap book for sure but a darn sight better than Grafs books which are good for the pics and possibly the genus...
After doing some research on ebay, amazon and half.com this is the price range I got for these books.
Tropical and Subtropical Trees by M. Brarwick $67.50
Tropical Flowering Plants by K Llamal $41.95 to $59.45
The Tropical Look by R. Riffle $48.25 to $55.00
Tropica by Graf $175.00 to $361.25 (wow, what's in this book?)(I want it but can't have it)
Tropical Plants for Home and Garden by W. Warren, all were around $17.00
Tropical Ornamental by W. Whistler $9.95 to $17.46( I did get this one)
A Tropical Garden Flora by G. Staples and D. Herbst, all were around $54.00
I guess I'll splurge for Tropical Flowering Plants and Tropical Garden Flora. Pictures look good for a beginner...
The pictures really do help, not only in identification (which was my big problem), but also in what a healthy specimen should be doing...some times with tropicals, a curl or spiral that looks like an indication of disease, is exactly what that plant should be doing...so pictures are very helpful.
I now know why that book is so expensive. I got to see inside of it on a website. It has over 7000 plants in color photos. Very well laid out like a dictionary. WOW...It's really amazing. The KING!! I'll have to sell some stuff on ebay to get it. I really want it now.