Why Grow That When You Can Grow This by Andrew Keys

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants

by Andrew Keys

They've always said that the grass is always greener on the other side. But for gardeners, it's not just the grass — it's the flowers, the shrubs, and the trees!

But no longer! Pining to grow lilacs but lack the full sun? You should try the fragrant pink and white flowers of Korean spice viburnum. Love the drama of canna but need something hardier? How about trying out the bold foliage of variegated fleece flower. Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? offers hundreds of all-star alternatives that replace — and often outshine — popular problem plants as garden designer Andrew Keys makes it easier than ever to skip over the fussy plant prima donnas and move toward the equally gorgeous understudies.

Each profile showcases a problem plant and offers three alternatives that include several of the original plant's characteristics — hardiness, shape, color, texture, light, and size.

With this fun and accessible guide, you can discover the secret to choosing the unlikely plants destined to be the new stars of your garden.