Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens: A Handbook for Gardeners, Homeowners, and Professionals

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Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens highlights and illustrates several hundred readily available and easy-to-grow native species for gardeners and landscapers living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

These plants include shrubs, small and large trees, and a collection of perennials, all of which have proven to be extremely successful landscape plants in the southeastern United States. The average homeowner ...

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Overview

Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens highlights and illustrates several hundred readily available and easy-to-grow native species for gardeners and landscapers living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

These plants include shrubs, small and large trees, and a collection of perennials, all of which have proven to be extremely successful landscape plants in the southeastern United States. The average homeowner will be able to find many of these species in local retail nurseries whether or not these nurseries specialize in native plants.

Gil Nelson has created an indispensable, authoritative publication that describes and recommends high-performing native plants, tells readers how to avoid the use of invasive species in their gardens, and highlights the design of several specialty and wildlife gardens. The included species have been selected based on discussions with landscape and gardening enthusiasts and professionals; personal knowledge and experience; and field visits to retail nurseries, wholesale nurseries, and private and public gardens and arboreta throughout the southeast. Divided into three main parts, this book contains chapters covering theme gardening, invasive species, challenge plants, hollies, native azaleas, magnolias, blueberries, native roses, and vines, groundcovers, and spring ephemerals, concluding with a catalog of one hundred "good doers." The inclusion of more than 600 color photos makes this an easy-to-use, valuable addition to any gardener's library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813034584
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/5/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 948,770
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gil Nelson is a writer, naturalist, and field botanist specializing in the southeastern United States. He is the author of a dozen successful gardening and botanical field guides including Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Financial Sponsorship xi

Part I Gardening with Native Plants

1 Gardening with Native Plants: An Introduction 3

2 Gardening with Native Plants: Historical Highlights 16

3 Weeds, Aliens, and Invasive Plants 23

4 Re-creating Nature: Theme Gardening with Native Plants 42

Part II Favorite Groups of Native Plants

5 Old-Timey Natives 69

6 Challenge Plants 93

7 Native Azaleas, Mountain Laurel, Blueberries, and Other Heaths 104

8 Magnolias and Their Relatives 134

9 Maples, Buckeyes, Sumacs, and Wafer Ash 159

10 Hollies 172

11 Native Roses 193

12 Perennial Asters 212

13 Perennial Beans, Mints, and Milkweeds 236

14 Vines, Groundcovers, and Spring Ephemerals 261

Part III Catalog of 100 Good Doers 293

Sources for Native Plants 391

Reference List of Names Used in the Text 399

Bibliography 403

Index 407

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