for New Zealand Gardens
Jacqueline Sparrow and
Godwit Gardening Guide
SUBTROPICAL plants have
never been more popular - for bold foliage and blooms in gardens
in warmer regions and for wonderful scents and exotic flowers in
conservatories in cooler climates.
This authoritative guide
to subtropicals combines the considerable talents of two well-known
names in the local gardening scene: leading photographer Gil Hanly
and writer Jacqueline Sparrow, both of whom have already published
a string of garden books.
If you are interested
in subtropicals, this handy guide to what can be grown in New Zealand
conditions is quite simply a must-have.
With 200 photographs
and extensive cultivation pointers, it covers every aspect of subtropical
gardening, from trees and shrubs to cycads, succulents, orchids,
bulbs and bromeliads.
chapter on climbers is truly stunning - you will want to smother
every fence and wall in your garden with these amazing blooms.
Then there are all those
delectable fruits, from sweet pawpaws to creamy casimiroa, which
has the flavour of pineapple mixed with custard apple. Also known
as white sapote, the fruit of this medium-sized tree are fantastic
in fresh fruit salads, ice cream and smoothies.
Many of the featured
plants have fascinating histories too, which makes this book not
only a useful reference, but a good read too.
Gardener, Issue 93, February 28-March 13, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH