Series: Florida Gardening (Book 4)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Color Garden Publishing (November 7, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #355,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #68 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > South #100 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Technique > Container Gardening
I love puttering with my plants on the lanai, so I was pleased to discover this book after reading a South Florida Sun-Sentinel review. It pointed out that the author has a degree in landscape architecture and tested 10,000 plants in more than 300 containers. That sounds a little overwhelming, but she owns a nursery so can work on that scale.The book points out that the most common mistakes are overwatering and underplanting (not putting enough plants in the pot). She recommends fiberglass pots which don't wick away the moisture like terra cotta and are more lightweight. Plants she particularly recommends include bromeliads, succulents, dragon wing begonias, palms and crotons.
This is another terrific Pamela Crawford book especially for those who live in South Florida. The techniques shown for maintaining container plants are detailed and easy to follow. She shows how to create container arrangements that are both simple and as beautiful as you'd see at a florist.The photos are a big help and the information given is chock full of facts worth knowing.
I have found this book - like all of Pam Crawford's other titles - to be an invaluable resource. She is so thorough about each step, from the suitability of different pot materials to the choice of plants, that this book tells you literally all you need to know to grow successful container gardens.The "how-to" sections leave nothing to chance; she goes into detail on every step even a novice gardener would have to take. For the more experienced green thumb, Crawford has tips she has garnered from all her trial gardens.If you would rather see it done than read about it, the video that accompanies this book shows exactly what steps she takes to create such lush arrangements in pots.With Crawford's fail-proof guidance, we gardeners never have to suffer the curse of the black thumb again.
Our climate is so very difficult to successfully grow flowers, especially in containers. No more hit and miss attempts, my containers are the most beautiful I have ever grown...now all my fingers have become green thumbs! I highly recomment this book to anyone who wishes to grow beautiful container gardens. It has become my planning and planting bible!
One of my gardens always fills up with water anytime it rains, so the soil and plants get washed away. This book shares creative and decorative ideas for having container gardens so the all of the Florida rain does not wash away your garden.
My favorite books for Florida gardening are ALL hers! They are my gardening bibles. Easy Garden for South Florida and Best Garden Color for Florida are absolutely her best two books for outdoor gardeners in FL. I don't use this one as much, but if you love container gardening, it's VERY organized, lots of great color pics and her usual easy-to read style. I with the Easy Garden and Best Garden Color books were combined into one large book, because I always use both at the same time, but that's the way she wrote them. maybe she'll combine them some day!
What a great book! My garden looks great thanks to this excellent book with easy and practical ideas. I took this book to Home Depot and Target. My garden looks amazing and is LOW MAINTANCE. Many many thanks to Pamela Crawford for this outstanding book. She gives a few suggestions for indoor plants, but I hope an indoor plant book is her next project.
Excellent, informative book with lots of pictures. Great book for the new Florida resident. I have a friend in South Carolina who is going to purchase it as well because a lot of these can be grown in the warm seasons there.
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