Over 250 trouble free plants for a beautiful garden
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Reviewed by Mike Gowing
IN their choice of title
for this large-format, lavish book, the publishers have dug themselves
into a bit of a hole. The promise that when you match "the right
care-free plant to the condition of your site, then gardening becomes
easy" will leave some of us scratching our heads. Sure, some plants
may require less care than others, but the tag "care-free plants"
is an oxymoron.
Look up hostas for instance
and you'll find this advice on just how to "care" for a vulnerable
plant: "Set out snail and slug traps, such as beer traps, use copper
barriers which give the pest an electric shock upon contact or sprinkle
the area with diatomaceous earth, which forms a sharp barrier".
Similarly, on roses, "the list of every problem a rose might have
would be long indeed".
Get over the title's
absurd window-dressing and you'll find a useful, well laid-out book
with basic advice on what plants to choose for various conditions
- and exactly how to care for them.
But helichrysum "not
easy to propagate"? Come on.
Gardener, Issue 164, 2005, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH