Active Caribbean ‘Tropical Flowering Plants’ book review – a guide to identification and cultivation
A guide to identification and cultivation of tropical flowering plants in the Caribbean and worldwide. Text and photography by Kirsten Albrecht Llamas
Published by Timber Press, Inc.
Undertaking this Tropical Flowering Plants book review made us realise that this book will be a great reference book for years to come – for gardeners, florists, botanical gardens, landscapers and nurseries as well as botany students. This GORGEOUS book documents more than 1,400 flowering plants grown in tropical and sub-tropical gardens, the photography in it is stunning and there are over 1,500 colour photographs of flowering specimens. WE LOVE THIS BOOK.
Whether you are a keen gardener or a qualified botanist this book will be useful, the research that has gone into the content is scrupulous. There is thorough information on the cultivation of plants – flowering trees, vines, shrubs and herbaceous plants which are commonly grown in tropical and sub-tropical gardens. Descriptions of plants are listed by botanical family alphabetically – great for ease of comparison.
The author, a photographer and botanist, has had first-hand experience with each plant as well as control over the accuracy of their descriptions. She has written it in such a way that it can be enjoyed as much by average gardeners as by professionals. If you are looking for a plant which is out of the ordinary, then this is the book for you. The book includes a good selection of plants to show the great diversity of species in cultivation.
The origin or native range of each species is provided and a general description of each species is followed by a range of size, and there is a USDA hardiness zone map which indicates the general range within which a plant is likely to thrive. In the Introduction pages you will find information on evergreen, deciduous and seasonally dormant trees, shrubs and perennials, the bloom season, soil, mulch, sun and moisture requirements.
As well as a Glossary, there is a mass of valuable information at the back of the book. This includes lists of (1) invasive and potentially invasive species, (2) rare, endangered and threatened species, (3) plants for coastal landscaping, and (4) xerophytic plants.
As mentioned at the very beginning of this Tropical Flowering Plants book review, the photography is absolutely stunning. If you don’t live in the tropics already, trust us, just thumbing through the book with its pages and pages of vibrant colour photographs will make you want to move to those hot humid climes permanently. But if you can’t do that, then this Tropical Flowering Plants book is the next best thing. This is a quality, beautiful book, full of colour. Definitely one to have in your library.
Tropical Flowering Plants book review extra info
Tropical Flowering Plants book
Number of pages = 424
Book measurements = 8.7 inches x 11.2 inches
Books are often updated – some are not – so if you are thinking of buying a copy of this beautiful ‘Tropical Flowering Plants’ book make sure you check for the latest edition, and if the book is still available.
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