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Palms that grow in Canada? Bananas that overwinter in Michigan? How about southern crape myrtles that flower in Birmingham, England, instead of Birmingham, Alabama? Although the voice of authority --- and nursery labels --- might say, "You can't grow those plants here," author Dave Francko has a different message for gardeners: "Plants can't read the information on their tags." Laced with humorous anecdotes and based on years of first-hand observations and research, this book provides real-world information to help adventurous gardeners grow plants they never before dreamed possible. Nobody who reads this book will ever look at a plant label the same way again.
This book is awesome! David Francko explains all the ins and outs of 'zone pushing' in easy to understand language. There’s also lots of pictures so you can see what Bananas in zone 6 look like. Very informative.
This is the perfect foundation book for the gardener who would like to see a banana next to his cherry tree and a palm between his maples. "North by South Landscaping," Dr. Francko uses a natural halfway mark between scientific and common language. He explains what dictates plant hardiness, and how a person can modify or extend it in temperate zones: One reads the rules, then how to break them! There is enough information in his book for a person to apply it successfully: what works, what doesn't and why and where. Better yet, the information is one-hundred per-cent empiracal, based on his program at Miami University in Ohio, and rumor and heresay is labeled as rumor and heresay. He includes plant sources, to boot.
The most authhoritative and definitive book of zone denial so far.
I absolutely LOVE this book. It has a wealth of information regarding growing tropicals and semi-tropicals in non-tropical areas. Definitely worth the money. Anyone wanting to create a more tropical look in a non-tropical area should have this book.
This is an excellant book for the adventurous gardener. I discovered many plants that we often think will not grow in colder zones to actually grow there. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in trying to achieve a "tropical look" in their garden in zones 5-8. A must read if you enjoy stretching the "official zone limits."