With their bold foliage, exuberant colors, and luscious scents, exotic plants ignite curiosity and thrill the senses. Fortunately for gardeners in the world's temperate regions, it's t necessary to live in the tropics to experience spiky agaves and brilliant cannas. With some 1500 species and cultivars described, the Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Climates covers many plant groups, including aroids, bananas, gingers, bromeliads, cacti, yuccas, ferns, and palms. Detailed cultivation advice enables gardeners of all levels to make informed choices from an expansive plant palette. Over 500 color photos enhance this inspirational and authoritative resource.
Will Giles draws upon a lifelong passion for exotic plants. Originally trained as an artist, he was working as an illustrator for botanical books and magazines when a series of travels in the 1980s reignited his desire to cultivate his own exotics. He returned home to England's east coast determined to grow a vast range of exotic plants in his own back yard, and despite his home country's decidedly temperate conditions, his Exotic Garden in Norfolk has become a mecca for gardening enthusiasts. He has appeared on a wide range of British TV programs and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, and Garden Answers. Will Giles has led plant tours in Caribbean, Japan, and Portugal's Madeira Island, and currently serves as vice president of Norwich in Bloom.