And while we are discussing the historical ‘heavy weights’: another must-have would be **John V. Watkins** and **Thomas Sheehan’s** Florida Landscape Plants \[recent paperback edition 2005\], a book described by the *Palm Beach Post* as ‘the bible of Florida Plants’. Certainly this book has been used for more than 30 years by generations of gardeners.
**Some Oldies and Still Goodies** **Julia Morton’s** 500 Plants of South Florida (2nd Edition 1981) was one of my first reference books and for some time was about the only available title; my copy is dated 1982 and is still in use. Plants are described from the view of a botanist with interest in landscape
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