"This book will help you solve problems before they start."
(Steve Aitken, Fine Gardening)
"Andrew Keys is the kind of guy you frisk at the gate to make sure he's not carrying a concealed shovel: insatiable, with a boundless love for all things botanical."
(Margaret Roach, awaytogarden.com)
Landscape designer Keys lends helpful guidance for shaking up the standard fare in a garden with exciting alternatives... This is a lively, helpful guide offering needed redress for the tired garden--and gardener.
“This may be my favourite new book this year.”
(The Chronicle Herald)
"Seriously – this is funny stuff, while at the same time providing lots of creative substitutes that will give your garden more bang for its buck."
(Gossip in the Garden)
"It's nice to have this as a source book for choosing plants for my garden when I'm tired of pandering to something I already have or I'm ready for a change. Andrew's book can be a help towards gardening smarter, not harder!"
(Our Little Acre)
“The key to Keys is the way he nudges us out of our box, and gets us thinking...this is ‘teach a man to fish’ stuff that will hold its value, no matter which new plant alternatives come along."
(Toronto Gardens Blog)
"This book is best suited to experienced gardeners who need a nudge to try a less common plant, or who are tired of the typical garden standbys and crave something different. Newly transplanted gardeners—a Midwesterner recently relocated to the desert Southwest, for example—will also find it useful as they wrestle with the desire to plant beloved species from a far distant region and begin looking for regionally appropriate substitutes.”
(Digging Garden Blog)
"Written in his hallmark playful, smart, and slightly tongue-in-cheek style, Keys’ book compares some popular garden plants to the cast of characters we all remember from our high school days."
(A Garden of Possibilities)
“Whether you suffer from plant envy, and are looking for regionally appropriate alternatives to grow instead, or you just need a little help climbing out of a plant rut, Andrew’s got you covered.”
(Susan Morrison, co-author of Gardening Up!)
“You can stop the madness with Keys’ recommendations for plant swaps for every problem place in the garden without sacrificing the design characteristics you seek.” (Star-News)
“There are not enough gardening books around that are as smart, sassy, informative and exuberant as this one.” (About.com/Container Gardening)
“The real enjoyment here is that Keys delivers on his promise to help us upgrade our gardens, make sense of our options and discover some surprisingly marvelous, new plants.” (About.com/Gardening)
“Keys (columnist, Fine Gardening) has written a succinct primer to help beginning gardeners expand garden choices beyond well-known plants.” (Library Journal)
“Gardeners looking for vibrant inspiration will revel in Keys’ innovative recommendations.” (Booklist)
“Landscape designer Keys lends helpful guidance for shaking up the standard fare in a garden with exciting alternatives… This is a lively, helpful guide offering needed redress for the tired garden—and gardener.”
“In this accessible book, Andrew Keys suggests 255 problem-solving alternatives to plants that, while popular, can be invasive or difficult to cultivate.” (Martha Stewart Living)
“Keys has done a remarkable job in spotlighting less common plants that deserve a place in your garden, wherever you live.” (The American Gardener)
(The Chronicle Herald
"Whether you are looking for trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses or groundcovers, you will find a way to have what you want. Each page names a popular but problem-causing plant, and a few easier-to-grow ‘Extraordinary Alternative’ plants are described in detail. Plenty of humor and lots of good suggestions will make this a popular choice for new homeowners as well as experienced gardeners."
"Offers a plant option for just about every spot in the yard and garden."
(Grower Talks Magazine
“This book offers hundreds of alternatives to shrubs, trees and perennials (including vines and ornamental grasses) that can pose problems without the right conditions or enough time to give extra attention.”
(Garden Gate Magazine
"Don't give up on growing your dream plants! With 250 suggestions, let this book be your guide to successful substitutes."
“A fun, helpful tool for gardeners looking to expand their plant selections.”
“Don't give up on growing your dream plants! With 250 suggestions, let this book be your guide to successful substitutes."