Tropicals Travel North
I've grown most of the plants here in Florida that I wrote about in my newest book, Landscaping with Tropical Plants (Sunset, 2004; $14.95). The color pictures on every page will help newcomers learn about the plants they see here, but the growing and using instructions will apply both here and to all other areas of the country. So if you are going north for the summer, this book will tell you which plants you can take along anywhere to impress your neighbors with your tropical flair.
Favorite or New Plant
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is one of the most fragrant and useful of the perennial herb plants. Rub or hug a rosemary, and the next few hours of whatever you are doing will be more pleasant. During the harvest season when it grows wild in the salt spray along the Mediterranean coast, the fragrance carries 20 miles out to sea. Rosemary means "dew of the sea." You can easily spread rosemary's fragrance around your garden by taking cuttings, which root readily in a mixture of peat moss and perlite.