Author: Marjorie G. Schmidt
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1980-12-29
This is the first comprehensive book to aid the gardener in making a start with native plants. It takes the gardener through the beginning steps of identifying native plants, evaluating them in relation to conventional garden materials, and learning detailed techniques of propagation and culture. Annuals, perennials (including ferns), bulbs, shrubs and trees are included—with about 350 species treated in detail, and many others included in charts and listings for quick reference. A few California native plants have been in cultivation for a hundred years or so, but widespread consciousness of natives is relatively recent. It has arisen partly because of the recent drought, which natives survived more readily than exotics, and partly because of growing awareness that many natives have become rare or endangered, and may be preserved and perpetuated by cultivation for their ornamental qualities. The book is in full accord with the new trend in landscaping in which the environment, climate, and restricted water supplies are taken into account—not only for gardens but also for parks, roadside plantings, and other large-scale landscaping. Because propagation and cultural methods for many native plants have never been recorded, the author spent years gathering information through correspondence. She has also had personal experience in growing natives for more than 30 years. The result is the first complete, practical, convenient guide for growing native plants. It will be essential for the experienced gardener and the beginner alike.
Author: Susan Van Atta
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Plants native to Southern California are uniquely beautiful and thrive on their own with minimal water, pruning or trimming, fertilizers, and soil amendments. This book proves that creating environmentally sensitive design does not mean putting in extraordinary effort or sacrificing beauty. Includes detailed descriptions and growing information for some of the region's most interesting, attractive plants and has easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages.
Water shortages and water rationing are commonplace throughout California, rendering expanses of lawn and thirsty, nonnative plants unsustainable. The California Native Landscape addresses both concerns by showing homeowners how to succeed with natives and showing them how lush, colorful, and thriving their landscape can be. The authors stress the importance of smart garden design and combining the right plants to promote the natural symbiosis that occurs within plant communities. Native plants also play an important role in creating fire-resistant landscapes, and this new book has cutting-edge information on this crucial topic, refuting the myth that natives are more fire-prone than nonnatives. With its unique combination of proven techniques, environmental wisdom, and inspiring design advice, this is an essential resource for all California gardeners who want to create a beautiful, ecologically appropriate, and resource-conserving home landscape.
Author: Glenn Keator
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2007
"An excellent how-to book on California native plant landscaping . . . with plans, photographs, and plant lists which are sure to fire the imagination of any gardener."--Arvind Kumar, California Native Plant Society
A must-have for every gardener in California looking for a new way to garden in a changing climate In recent years California has been facing extreme drought, and in 2015 they passed state-wide water restrictions that affect home owners. Unfortunately the drought is only going to get worse, and gardeners who aren’t willing to abandon their beloved pastime entirely are going to have to learn how to garden with the absolute minimum of water. The Drought-Defying California Garden highlights the best 230 plants to grow, shares advice on how to get them established, and offers tips on how to maintain them with the minimum amount of water. All of the plants are native to California—making them uniquely adept at managing the harsh climate—and include perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, and succulents.
Author: Charles R. Hatch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2007
An abundantly illustrated and essential resource for gardeners, homeowners, landscape design professionals, and anyone interested in California's abundant flora provides valuable information about native and ornamental species of trees, their habitat, and their sustainable needs.
In today's South, where fine gardening is a tradition, many homeowners and professional gardeners are discovering a vast new palette of plant materials—native plants. They are realizing that these native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, and grasses are far better suited, and therefore easier to grow and maintain, than most of the imported plants that populate traditional landscapes. Discover the Wasowskis' exciting vision of the many possibilities and advantages of going native.
More so than any other region, the gardens of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, West Texas, and southern California must be designed for rain or shine and must meet the challenge of growing in dramatically rugged conditions. Whether you live in desert areas or in coastal chaparral, lifelong and new residents from El Paso to L.A. will be able to create a lively and magnificently beautiful garden that is at once drought-tolerant, environmentally friendly, low-maintenance, and affordable.
Author: Judy Mielke
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Release Date: 2010-07-05
For gardeners who want to conserve water, the color, fragrance, shade, and lush vegetation of a traditional garden may seem like a mirage in the desert. But such gardens can flourish when native plants grow in them. In this book, Judy Mielke, an expert on Southwestern gardening, offers the most comprehensive guide available to landscaping with native plants. Writing simply enough for beginning gardeners, while also providing ample information for landscape professionals, she presents over three hundred trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, groundcovers, wildflowers, cacti, and other native plants suited to arid landscapes. The heart of the book lies in the complete descriptions and beautiful color photographs of plants native to the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Mielke characterizes each plant and gives detailed information on its natural habitat, its water, soil, light, temperature, and pruning requirements, and its possible uses in landscape design. In addition, Mielke includes informative discussions of desert ecology, growing instructions for native plants and wildflowers, and "how-to" ideas for revegetation of disturbed desert areas using native plants. She concludes the book with an extensive list of plants by type, including those that have specific features such as shade or fragrance. She also supplies a list of public gardens that showcase native plants.
First published in 1992, Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening sold well over 40,000 copies and received great critical acclaim. The completely revised and updated edition includes 40 new color photographs plus new information on perennials, ornamental grasses, geraniums, and more. Monthly chapters discuss relevant gardening topicsclimate, plant selection, soils, fertilizers, and wateringand are accompanied by handy checklists to help gardeners stay organized. An assortment of sidebars and rules of thumb will prove useful to gardeners in any region. Beautifully photographed and written in Pat Welsh's warm and practical style, this is an indispensable guide for every southern California gardener.
Author: Wendy Mee
Publisher: Utah State Univ Pr
Release Date: 2003-06-01
An invaluable guide for the general reader, gardener, and homeowner, as well as for professional landscapers, horticulturists, and others in the nursery industry. This comprehensive volume provides specific information about shrubs, trees, grasses, and forbs native to most states in the Intermountain West that can be used in landscaping to conserve water, reflect and preserve the region's landscape character, and help protect its ecological integrity. Thirty years ago, native plants and water conservation were topics pursued by only a small, dedicated group of native plant enthusiasts and conservationists. Today, these subjects are of vital interest to a much larger segment of the region's population. Cities, offices, homeowners, and agriculture alike are affected by the growing shortage of water, especially during the current drought. They need specific, reliable plant information, along with help in matching plant choices with growing conditions, functional needs, and aesthetic goals. Water Wise is both convenient and comprehensive. The heart of the book presents hundreds of species, devoting a full page to each, with a description of appearance, habitat, landscape use, and other comments. Four-color photographs illustrate each plant described. A reader-friendly introduction provides important background on the ecology of the Intermountain West, along with full descriptions of native plant habitats and associations. Appendices include charts on associations, best uses in landscaping, and hardiness zones. An accessible resource of accurate native plant information for all readers, Water Wise will be indispensable to professional landscapers and amateurs alike.