Post last updated: June 20th, 2019
A persistent problem for Florida gardeners when trying to find a good perennial book is that more than half of the plants an author suggests won’t grow here. That list is long – Astilbe, Hosta, Peony and many versions of attractive pine trees won’t grow beyond Zone 8.
There IS a book for Florida gardeners – Your Florida Guide to Perennials: Selection, Establishment, and Maintenance by Sydney Park Brown and Rick K. Schoellhorn (University Press of Florida, 2006). This is a slim volume of 124 pages. Most of the two-inch photos are small but in color; only a few were half-page photos. Most of the book is given over to plant descriptions, hardiness zones, and both the common and latin names.
I recently learned of peacock gingers and the book has a three-page spread on all kinds of gingers. Several types of plants that have numerous varieties different from the commonly known were not given more space. I must confess to thinking they could have done a better job with this book.