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Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter
Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter
Norman Winter
Norman Winter
"Angelonia" photo from Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter
"Angelonia" photo from Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter
"Hiddenginger" photo from Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter
"Hiddenginger" photo from Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter

Win a copy of Norman Winter's new book, Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South. 

WLBT is giving away 5 copies of this popular book just in time for Father's Day.

How do you enter?  Just click here and give us your name, address and phone number.  Be sure to say that you hope to win Norman's new gardening book.  Then watch The WLBT Noon Report.  Wednesday June 11th, you'll meet Norman hear about his book and get a list of the winners.

To qualify entries must be received by 4am June 11.  Each book is valued at $50.

Need more info about the book?  Here it is...

Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South

By Norman Winter

University Press of Mississippi

$50.00, hardback,

1-57806-543-7 $28.00,

paperback, ISBN 1-57806-544-5

Norman Winter, host of the television and radio show "Southern Gardening," has long felt the need to write his new book Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South.

"Not since the great plant explorations of the late 1800s have so many great new plants been brought to our country," he said. "I really felt the need to let gardeners know about these in addition to some of the old tried and true that need to be brought back to the garden."

In Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South the award-winning horticulturist takes the guess and the gamble out of new plant purchases, naming ideal annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, and vines for any Dixie weather.

Amber Waves Heuchera, Summer Beauty Bears Breeches, Jerusalem sage, Forsythia sage, and Autumn Sun Rubeckia are just a few of the new discoveries Winter highlights.

Among the unbeatable southern stalwarts he recommends in this book are four o'clock, Bouncing Bet, and summer poinsettia. New award winners he touts are scaevola, angelonia, and Jewel of Thailand ginger. His discussions of these and many more are enhanced by some 200 full-color photographs that will assist in identification and choice.

"One big way my book helps is to make the gardener well aware of which plants have been named a winner in the gardener's region," Winter says. "It's nice to know when you go shopping in Dallas, for instance, which plants have been designated as Texas Superstars. Also, when a plant has received numerous awards throughout the South that should be clear indication it is indeed an almost fool-proof plant."

Included, too, are a guide to U.S. planting zones and a color wheel that will lead gardeners to exciting floral combinations sure to create dramatic effects. Along with a photograph of each flower come precise guidelines for proper light, water, bed preparation, fertilizers, and maintenance. In addition, Winter, a gardener with an eye for aesthetic placements, suggests companion plantings to give the landscape striking hues and lush foliage.

Norman Winter is the author of Paradise Found: Growing Tropicals in Your Own Backyard and Mississippi Gardener's Guide. Via television, newspapers, magazines, and radio, he reaches two million homes. He also writes a weekly syndicated column on gardening.

Known to many as the Southern Gardening Guru, he is one of the most sought-after garden lecturers in the region.

Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South by Norman Winter features:

Over 170 proven performers

Award winners from Arkansas Select, Florida Plant of the Year, Georgia Gold Medal, Louisiana Select, Mississippi Medallion, Oklahoma Proven, TenneSelect, and Texas Superstar

Color photos for every tough plant

Sure-fire color recommendations for landscape dazzle

Annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses, vines

Clear planting and care instructions

Zone map of southern planting climates

Color wheel for complementary plantings