Middle South

January, 2009
Regional Report

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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Colorful Oasis Rainbow Foam
One challenge with using floral foam in flower arranging is keeping the material hidden from sight. Now, that's all changed! Oasis, a well-known manufacturer of floral foam, now makes their foam in a rainbow of colors, including blue, lime green, fuchsia, yellow, pink, and ivory.

Like the old Army-green foam, this new product can be used wet or dry to accommodate both fresh and dried arrangements. And it can be sculpted to shape, cubed, or scooped. Imagine a tall, clear vase filled with lime green cubes supporting a bouquet of fuchsia zinnias. Intense!

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