Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes

Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes

by Sally Wasowski, S. Wasowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816630879

ISBN-13: 9780816630875

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Why Have home gardeners, professional horticulturists, and landscape preservationists increasingly been attracted to prairie plants? The beauty and hardiness of these flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs, along with their easy maintenance and environmental friendliness, have spurred a surge of interest in prairie gardens. Whether you are considering adding these plants

Overview

Why Have home gardeners, professional horticulturists, and landscape preservationists increasingly been attracted to prairie plants? The beauty and hardiness of these flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs, along with their easy maintenance and environmental friendliness, have spurred a surge of interest in prairie gardens. Whether you are considering adding these plants to a more conventional landscape or intending to "go native" all the way, Gardening with Prairie Plants is the most comprehensive resource and guide available. Award-winning gardening author and landscape designer Sally Wasowski provides accessible, practical information on every aspect of prairie gardening. If you want to create a landscape of maximum beauty with minimum upkeep, Gardening with Prairie Plants tells you everything you need to know to begin and to develop a beautiful, earth-friendly prairie garden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816630875
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
285
Sales rank:
681,115
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction to a Prairie Gardenxiii
Part IPrairies and Prairie Gardens
1.Getting Acquainted with Prairies3
2.A Gallery of Home Prairie Gardens10
3.Beyond Home Landscapes30
4.Using Preserved and Replicated Prairies as Models40
5.Anatomy of a Prairie67
Part IIDesign, Installation, and Maintenance
6.Designing Prairie Gardens81
7.Installing Prairie Gardens92
8.Maintaining Prairie Gardens105
Part IIIPlant Profiles
9.Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes119
Bluestem Grasses120
Grama Grasses122
Needlegrasses124
Dropseeds126
Single Family Co-dominants128
Wild Wheat and Rye130
Panicgrasses132
Regional Specialties134
Savanna Grasses136
Lowland Grasses138
Sedges140
Rushes142
Chart: Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes144
10.Cool Season Forbs147
Bean Family: Spring148
Bean Family: Early Summer150
Orchid Family152
Lily Family154
Iris Family156
Primrose Family158
Evening Primrose Family160
Rose Family162
Geranium Family164
Madder Family165
Crowfoot Family166
Parsley Family168
Borage Family170
Saxifrage Family171
Bluebell Family172
Spiderwort Family174
Dogbane Family175
Figwort Family176
Phlox Family178
Flax Family179
Mallow Family180
Aster Family: Silver Leaves182
Aster Family: Spring White Composites184
Aster Family: Spring DYCs186
Chart: Cool Season Forbs188
11.Warm Season Forbs193
Mint Family194
Acanthus Family196
Verbena Family197
Bean Family: Midsummer198
Bean Family: Prairie Clovers200
Bean Family: Late Summer202
Spurge Family204
Milkweed Family: Short Milkweeds206
Milkweed Family: Tall Purple Milkweeds208
Aster Family: Coneflowers210
Aster Family: Summer DYCs212
Aster Family: Silphiums214
Aster Family: Curiosities216
Aster Family: Sunflowers218
Gentian Family220
Aster Family: Blazing Stars222
Aster Family: Bonesets224
Aster Family: Goldenrods226
Aster Family: Blue Asters228
Aster Family: White Asters230
Chart: Warm Season Forbs232
12.Savanna Trees and Thicket Shrubs236
Beech Family: Oaks237
Pine and Cypress Families240
Willow Family241
Rose Family: Plums and Cherries242
Rose Family: Other Rose Trees244
Rose Family: Other Rose Shrubs246
Honeysuckle Family248
Dogwood Family250
Cashew Family252
Citrus Family254
Birch Family255
Oleaster Family256
Buckthorn Family257
Chart: Savanna Trees and Thicket Shrubs258
Glossary260
Gardeners' Resources263
Bibliography269
Index275

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