Why Grow That?

Who hasn’t fallen in love with an amazing shrub in their favorite garden magazine or on social media sites like Pinterest only to find that you can’t grow it in our garden zone?  I’ve always had an obsession for the colorful blooms on the summer rhododendron shrubs that look amazing in those southern gardens. For many years I have purchased the garden beauty at my local garden center out of pure lust only to find dried sticks in the landscape in the following spring from the shrub that didn’t survive my zone 5 winter.  I never really thought that just because a specific plant won’t survive in my northern garden that there just maybe an alternative out there that would grow just as well if not better.

Why Grow That  When you Can Grow This  – Andrew Keys published by Timber Press

Looking for the plant or shrub that will make your garden dreams become a reality? Andrew Keys of GardenSmackdown.com has written the book that provides 255 extraordinary alternatives to the everyday problem plants. Andrew is no stranger to landscape solutions after many years in the business as well as home gardening since he was a youngster growing up in the south.   Why Grow That  When you Can Grow This – 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants by Andrew Keys will not only blow you away with all the fabulous color images but  as Steve Aitkens of Fine Gardening says ‘This book will help you solve problems before they start!’

Mountain Mahogany an Extraordinary Alternative

Peony and Hellebora just a few of my favorite images in this publication

Swamp Honeysuckle – Rhododendron


Do you admire those southern azaleas?  Please listen in as Andrew Keys shares with me today a few alternatives that I’m really excited to get growing in my garden.




Andrew will be speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show February 21 and 22.  His seminars are : Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? (The Secret to Choosing Plants Right for Your Garden) and Why Grow Divas When You Can Grow ProsFind out more about these and other inspiring seminars at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show Website.  Meet Andrew and attend the book signing after the seminars at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show Feb. 20-24
Follow Andrew at:
Website: http://www.gardensmackdown.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andrewxkeys
Twitter: http://twitter.com/andrewxkeys
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/andrewkeys

Follow the shares that have already begun on Twitter by adding #nwfgs to your search bar and be prepared to find that garden in you!



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