Much like high school, the garden is a popularity contest, and as gardeners, we tend to be as sentimental about plants as we are about our school days. What to do when the prom queen of yesterday’s garden grows up to be a pampered mess and a constant source of maintenance? The answer lies in all-star plant problem-solvers. Author Andrew Keys talks about why we go to such lengths to grow problem plants, and counters with new favorites that prove to be sexier and more sustainable in every way.
Andrew Keys is a writer, designer and lifelong gardener. He is Garden Confidential podcaster at Fine Gardening magazine and author of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants (Timber Press). Andrew’s feature articles have appeared in Fine Gardening, he’s written for Leaf Magazine and Coastal Home and he divides his time between plants and his work as web manager for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.