288 pages, colour photos
In this authoritative and friendly guide, Roger Hammer shares more than thirty years' experience tempting butterflies and hummingbirds into tropical Florida's gardens. From ground cover to large trees, from soil requirements to effective seeding and frost protection strategies, Hammer catalogues 200 of the best plants for luring these wondrous creatures into even the smallest of yards. He offers helpful tips for beginning and establishing a thriving refuge that is easy to maintain, and his selection of exotic plants are all safe for use in Florida.
"In this tour de force work, Hammer 'connects the dots' among South Florida's birds, butterflies, and plants. It is a must read for every nature lover, whether birder, butterflier, or gardener, and it belongs on your closest bookshelf."
– Dennis Olle, North American Butterfly Association
"This delightfully witty book will open your eyes to some of the world's most beautiful flowers."
– Marc C. Minno, coauthor of Florida Butterfly Gardening
"Wonderfully comprehensive. This book will get you started on your own butterfly or hummingbird garden even if you've been gardening for years!"
– Ryan Fessenden, Florida Museum of Natural History
"Accessible and informative. Hammer instructs home gardeners on the plants they can grow on their property to increase their own personal pleasure while providing a valuable oasis for the region's colorful hummingbirds and butterflies."
– Rick Cech, coauthor of Butterflies of the East Coast
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