paper, 167 pp., $16.95
“Grow up” is the challenge of garden writer Rhonda Hart. She urges imaginative gardeners with limited space to consider many techniques that may be used to train plants to grow upward almost anywhere, reaping benefits to both plant and gardener. She provides advice on the basic culture of plants grown in vertical gardens and gives tips on various methods and materials used in their training. Traditional structures include tepees, tuteurs, trellises, fences, cages, and A–frames. Hart has words of advice for those who use other containers and unique methods for plantings. The remaining chapter of this well-illustrated manual is devoted to growing specific types of plants (vertical annual vines and perennial fruits). Supplemental materials include a directory of recommended varieties, comments on starting seeds, and a listing of resources for gardeners.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden