Designing California Native Gardens The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens

ISBN-10: 0520251105

ISBN-13: 9780520251106

Edition: 2007

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Description: Inspirational, practical, and easy to use, this book was created with the aim of conveying the awesome diversity and beauty of California's native plants and demonstrating how they can be brought into ecologically sound, attractive, workable, and artful gardens. Structured around major California plant communities--bluffs, redwoods, the Channel Islands, coastal scrub, grasslands, deserts, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen woodlands, riparian, chaparral, mountain meadows, and wetlands--the book's twelve chapters each include sample plans for a native garden design accompanied by original drawings, color photographs, a plant list, tips on successful gardening with individual species, and more. Both residential and professional gardeners will learn the benefits of going native with gardens that require less water and fewer fertilizers, attract wildlife, engage the senses, create a sense of place, and, at the same time, preserve our rich natural heritage.

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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Glenn Keator, a California plant specialist, is author of Trees of the San Francisco Bay Area (UC Press), The Life of an Oak, Plants of the East Bay Parks, and Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California. Alrie Middlebrook is the founder and president of Middlebrook Gardens in San Jose, California, a design company that specializes in California native gardens. She is author of Eating California. They have been hiking California and teaching classes on California native plants for thirteen years.

California's Native Plant Communities
A Garden-Making Ethic for California
Bluffs and Cliffs: Elements for a Rock Garden
Redwood Forest: Gardening Under Cool Giants
Coastal Sage Scrub: Southern California's "Soft" Chaparral
Channel Islands Garden: A Parade of Unique Plants
Desert Gardens: Juxtaposing Plants from an Extreme Habitat
Montane Meadows: Gardening with Mountain Wildflowers
Mixed-Evergreen Forest: Summer Shade Between Fog and Sun
Oak Woodland: California's Signature Foothill Landscape
Grasslands: Paradise for Wildflowers
Chaparral: Drought-Adapted Shrubs for the Garden
Riparian Woodland: A Plant Palette for Heavy Soils
Wetlands: The Beauty of Water in the Garden
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