Edited by Rachel Scott
you know that all parts of the daphne are poisonous and the sap
can cause skin irritation? Or that daphne flowers always have four
petals? These are just some of the dozens of quirky facts in this
tidy new book from the Consumers' Institute, which profiles 50 favourite
This practical and inspirational
publication is designed for every gardener looking for those special
plants that give a garden its character and appeal.
The book features flowers,
shrubs and trees, plants for every season, natives and coastal plants,
warm and cold climate species, plants for the courtyard and the
cottage garden as well as the quarter acre classics.
are the favourites? There are bamboos, broom, camellia, canna lily,
the Chatham Island forget-me-not, clematis, dahlia, daphne, daylily,
fig, hebe, hibiscus, hosta, iris, kaka beak and kowhai. There are
plenty of classics too, including roses, rhododendrons and tulips.
The book lists each plant
under its common name, together with its botanical name. Where a
single species was selected, you'll find the botanical name of the
species. Where a genus is chosen, you'll find the genus name instead.
Favourite Plants claims to have made its selection of plants
based on those that make a special contribution to the quality of
New Zealand gardens.
The publication is aided
by the fine photographs of Geoff Bryant and Tim Abbott whose images
greatly add to the beauty of the book and presentation of the chosen
plants. A very practical format sure to be appreciated throughout
50 Favourite Plants
can be ordered directly from the Consumers' Institute by phoning
Gardener, Issue 110, November 14-27, 2002, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH