New England

January, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Plant Delights Nursery
Plant Delights Nursery is a mail-order nursery affiliated with Juniper Level Botanic Gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina. They offer several South African plants, including a large selection of cannas and kniphofia, several agapanthus, and a crocosmia hardy to zone 5. Although much of the information is aimed at gardening in USDA Zone 7, the online catalog offers tips for colder zones, and the catalog includes many plants appropriate for the Northeast, including a mind-boggling selection of hostas. Click on the thumbnail photos in the catalog for larger images.

Books

Hot Plants for Cool Climates
Susan A. Roth and Dennis Schrader, the authors of Hot Plants for Cool Climates: Gardening With Tropical Plants in Temperate Zones (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000; $35) know that we aren't all fortunate enough to have our own climate-controlled greenhouses, so they provide detailed information on how to grow lush tropical plants in temperate climates. You, too, can enjoy that flamboyant tropical look by growing some tropicals as annuals, protecting marginally hardy plants outdoors, and bringing other plants indoors for the winter. This book explains how. The photos alone will inspire you to cast aside subtlety and enjoy the vibrant flowers and lush foliage of tropical plants.

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