Garden designer and consultant Andrew Keys believes a lot of garden problems can be prevented just by choosing the right plants.

That’s the premise of his new book, Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?

Keys points out that many notoriously difficult plants have easy-care alternatives that resemble them closely. His book points out those problem plants and suggests what he calls “extraordinary alternatives.”

The book offers 255 alternatives for trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses and ground covers.

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? is published by Timber Press and is priced at $24.95 in softcover.

— Mary Beth Breckenridge