Landscape Plants for the Gulf and South Atlantic Coasts: Selection, Establishment, and Maintenance / Edition 1

Landscape Plants for the Gulf and South Atlantic Coasts: Selection, Establishment, and Maintenance / Edition 1

by Robert J. Black, Edward Gilman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813027225

ISBN-13: 9780813027227

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"This new book by Robert Black and Edward Gilman covers a whole group of plants barely touched by other writers. . . . a most valuable reference for its almost endless salt-tolerant plant lists needed for planning and planting coastal landscapes."--Thomas MacCubbin, Better Homes and Gardens syndicated radio host

"Americans continue to migrate to

Overview

"This new book by Robert Black and Edward Gilman covers a whole group of plants barely touched by other writers. . . . a most valuable reference for its almost endless salt-tolerant plant lists needed for planning and planting coastal landscapes."--Thomas MacCubbin, Better Homes and Gardens syndicated radio host

"Americans continue to migrate to the nation's southern coasts. Many of them try to garden and landscape their new homes, only to encounter a harsh environment with salt, sun, and sand that makes it challenging, to say the least. This book deals with this increasingly important--but neglected--topic. . . . A great help to home owners and landscapers alike."--Gary W. Knox, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

With colorful photographs of more than 400 plants, this comprehensive treatment of the selection and care of seaside plants will be welcomed eagerly by gardeners from Virginia to south Texas.

As more and more of the nation's population moves to waterfront property, and as coastal construction surges, legions of business and residential owners have discovered the challenges of coastal gardening. Plants that might thrive inland often decline and eventually die. Though salinity is the most common and most hostile environmental stress, gardeners also battle poor soil, drought and downpours, high winds, humidity, and heat, not to mention occasionally freezing temperatures.

Robert J. Black and Edward F. Gilman tell gardeners how to conquer these hurdles and establish aesthetic and functional plants that can adapt to a coastal site. Beginning with basic gardening precepts, they present step-by-step information on specific plants, planting, best landscape uses, cultural needs, and plant maintenance. They address watering, fertilization, pruning, and other care concerns of salt tolerant plants.

This guidebook will be indispensable for all southern coastal homeowners, landscape architects, landscape designers and installers, landscape maintenance personnel, retail nursery personnel, extension agents, and for inland gardeners who face problems that result from salt water intrusion. Compact and handy, it will help them plan, plant, and maintain a beautiful seaside landscape.

Robert J. Black is professor emeritus of environmental horticulture at the University of Florida. Edward F. Gilman is professor of environmental horticulture at the University of Florida.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813027227
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,157,724
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresvii
List of Tablesix
Prefacexi
1.Salt and Related Plant Problems1
Measuring salinity1
Effects of excess salts on plants2
Salt-tolerant plants3
2.Selecting the Appropriate Plant for Your Landscape5
Consider environmental and other factors6
Determine plant sizes and numbers7
Examine plants at the nursery8
Inspect for mechanical injury8
Check for cold injury9
Study condition and shape of canopy9
Examine the root system9
3.Planting12
Handling and preparing root-balls for planting12
Digging and filling the planting hole14
Planting in beds15
Mulching17
Planting palms18
4.Establishing Plants19
Shrubs and ground covers19
Trees19
Palms22
Staking and wood supports22
5.Plant Maintenance25
Watering25
Fertilization30
Pruning35
6.Plant Selection Guide62
Salt-tolerant trees63
Salt-tolerant shrubs133
Salt-tolerant vines and ground covers181
Salt-tolerant palms209
Selected References229

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