Update 12-20-12: Congratulations to Bobbie Schmidt, the lucky winner of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This!
A little known fact about me: I paid for most of my college education working in beauty salons as a manicurist. In the process I learned many life skills, including how to give an excellent hand massage and the fine art of gossiping discretely. I also learned that at one point or another, most of us want what we can’t have. Curly-haired beauties yearned for stick-straight tresses, while those blessed with long, sleek manes pointed wistfully at photos of short, sassy dos.
It turns out gardeners suffer from the same kind of plant envy, often pining for the plants of their childhood or tropical specimens remembered from a favorite vacation—zones and cultural conditions be damned. Fortunately for us, in his new book, Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants, Andrew Keys shows us that we can enjoy the garden of our dreams, while still acknowledging the reality of our growing conditions.