Author(s): Ellen Zachos
Original and unique, this guide to luscious, choice indoor plants will convert anyone to a passion for gardening indoors. The possibilities presented are dazzling — lush flowering vines or petite carnivorous plants, intoxicating fragrant jasmine or spiky sculptural succulents. Included are chapters on sustenance, container choices, light, water and temperature requirements, propagation, pests and diseases, even how to summer plants outdoors and travel with them on holidays. Over 200 gorgeous color photographs round out the detailed descriptions of 175 choice plants native to both tropical and temperate regions. In her entertaining style, plant fanatic Ellen Zachos invites everyone, from the horticulturally clueless to the avidly addicted, to share her passion for exotic and unusual indoor plants.
Thorough practical advice on 175 plants that are native to both tropical and temperate regions encourages the houseplant enthusiast to experiment with flowering vines, petite carnivorous plants, maples, palms, and many more. Bookseller 20050415 A well-rounded reference ... entries include something for every taste, from oddly alluring species to dramatic, architectural selections and beguiling flowers. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20051001 I highly recommend it. Garden Hotline Newsletter 20051101 Tempting Tropicals is a must-have for gardeners interested in exotic plants. -- Russell Studebaker Tulsa World 20051126 The best book on indoor plants I have come across in a long time. -- Suzanne Pierot American Ivy Society Newsletter 20050101 If you're interested in growing tropical plants at home or in a greenhouse, Tempting Tropicals is for you. The author is an experienced, professional gardener who presents a comprehensive guide to growing luscious houseplants. Her enthusiasm proves irresistible. Green Bay Press-Gazette 20060408 Zachos allows gardeners to daydream of sultry climates during those cold, colorless days of winter. -- Judy Lowe Christian Science Monitor 20060425 Ellen's extraordinary enthusiasm is matched by her vast knowledge of the subjects she writes about and she brings both talents to bear in her latest book. -- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20060504 In this original and comprehensive guide to luscious houseplants, Ellen's enthusiasm, like the plants, is irresistible. Rainy Side Gardeners 20060508 One of the best things about this book is how the clear, informative writing answers many of the questions gardeners at any experience level will have. -- Phil Stapf Hobby Greenhouse 20060401 If you want to create a windowsill collection to rival any outdoor garden in beauty and personality, read Tempting Tropicals. -- Meghan Lynch Horticulture 20061001 Ellen Zachos writes very well. ... This is a book that, even for me, was very hard to put down. -- Greg Asbagh Let's Talk Plants 20060201 Before buying an indoor plant, it's important to determine if it's right for your home. ... Get your hands on a good reference book. Try Tempting Tropicals. Newsday 20080216
Ellen Zachos is a garden writer, designer, photographer, and instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. She teaches classes on tropicals, orchids, perennials, annuals, and rooftop gardening, and her company, Acme Plant Stuff, installs and maintains interior and exterior gardens, including private greenhouses and tropical terrariums around New York City. A Harvard graduate, Ellen received certificates in horticulture and ethnobotany from the New York Botanical Garden and lectures frequently for horticultural organizations around the world. Her published works cover topics such as interior landscaping, container gardening, xeriscaping, and annual and perennial plants, and she has been published in Woman's Day, Parenting, and New Mexico Magazine. Ellen is also a former Broadway performer, and her first CD, Green Up Time, combines her two passions, plants and music. She lives with her husband and two cats in Milford, Pennsylvania and New York City.