Paperback: 656 pages
Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 31, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #305,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #23 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Climate > Tropical #119 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Ornamental Plants #224 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Landscape
This is the first book I have found which provides useful information about gardening on the Gulf of Mexico. I live on the Texas coast, Galveston Island to be exact, and the weather and climate here is truly special! Forget the "zone 9" stuff. This text provides information about plants which will survive--and thrive--here on a barrier island where many "normal" plants perish. "Salt tolerance" is listed for each plant as well, which is so helpful as I live two blocks from the Gulf. Thank you, thank you Mr. Dehgan for this book which has made such a difference for me. I don't buy plants anymore without checking here first! I believe this book is a "must" for coastal residents all along the Gulf.
I bought this book as a requirement for a plant identification course (Dr Dehgan as an instructor). It contains information about every plant you could want for landscaping a tropical yard. As a reviewer stated earlier though, it contains only line art so it isn't really very visually impressive. For a gardener (or hobbyist) who already has an idea what plants he wants for a landscape and isn't trying to decide by looking at pictures I suspect this would be a great reference because it typically contains a full page of specs for each plant it lists. If all this information was converted to a database and made searchable by plant feature, what a wonder it would be. For the average layperson though (i.e. me), I think it has limited usefulness as a stand alone reference and is best combined with a nice pictorial guide. If this book had color plates it would hands down be a 5 star rating. Even at a lower rating than what I scored it, it would still be a great value and a worthwhile addition to your library for the modest price.
Bought this for ORH3513C at UF, and it's a really useful book! It has a ton of information about plants in this region, which is usually somewhat difficult to find online. Would've been better if the book had actual color photos of the plants, but I didn't mind since a simple Google search shows me the actual plant.
First off, all the drawings are in black and white and second, it didn't offer anything new that I couldn't get from Sunset Gardening Book (at least the pix in that book are in color). Also it's geared for Florida so if you live outside the hot and humid South, this book is not much help.
Dr Dehgan's book is about as complete a guide as one can find for the state of Florida. It is extremely well organized combining the most useful information concerning a hugh variety of plants with a very intuitive format.
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