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Gardeners use native plants for many reasons. In addition to providing year-round beauty with relatively little maintenance, landscaping with native plants contributes to the repair of the natural ecosystem and brings us closer to our environment. With such a diverse and spectacular array of native plant material available to gardeners in the costal and desert climates of Southern California, the opportunities for creative and attractive landscapes are seemingly endless.

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Overview

Gardeners use native plants for many reasons. In addition to providing year-round beauty with relatively little maintenance, landscaping with native plants contributes to the repair of the natural ecosystem and brings us closer to our environment. With such a diverse and spectacular array of native plant material available to gardeners in the costal and desert climates of Southern California, the opportunities for creative and attractive landscapes are seemingly endless.

In Landscaping with Native Plants of Southern California, George Oxford Miller offers the definitive guide to choosing the best of the best among the native plants of the region. Covering wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines, cacti, and groundcovers, this comprehensive, richly illustrated book selects the species that combine ornamental qualities, growth habits, adaptability, low maintenance, and beauty for the highest landscape value. The illustrations, maps, and charts provide guidelines for species selection and planting, ongoing maintenance, landscape design, and water and energy conservation. In-depth plant profiles describe the habitat requirements for nearly 300 native plant species, subspecies, and varieties, with stunning photographs illustrating how each plant looks and responds to landscape conditions.

As the interest in native-plant landscaping and xerscaping continues to expand, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every gardener and landscaper in Southern California.

Environmental photojournalist George Oxford Miller is a writer, photographer, and third-generation nurseryman. He is well known for his photography and his many magazine articles and books on the plants and animals of Texas and the Southwest. His work has appeared in periodicals Like Living Bird, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Wildlife Conservation and in publications of the National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club. He is author or co-author of several books, including Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas, Landscaping with Native PLants of the Southwest, A Field Guide to Wildlife of Texas and the Southwest, and The Ozarks: The People, the Mountains, the Magic. Miller resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760329672
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Environmental photojournalist George Oxford Miller is writer, photographer, and third-generation nurseryman. His work has appeared in periodicals such as Living Bird, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Wildlife Conservation and in publications of the National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club. Miller is author or co-author of several books, including Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest, Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas, A Field Guide to Wildlife of Texas and the Southwest, and The Ozarks: The People, the Mountains, the Magic. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
An Introduction to Landscaping with Native Plants of Southern California
Why Use Native Plants?
Landscape Zones
The ABCs of Native Plant Landscaping
Maintaining Your Landscape
Landscaping for Energy and Water Conservation, and Xeriscaping
Landscaping with Groundcovers
Landscaping with Vines
Landscaping with Cacti and Succulents
Landscaping with Wildflowers
Landscaping to Attract Wildlife
Native Plant Profiles
Trees
Shrubs and Small Trees
Wildflowers
Vines
Groundcovers
Cacti

Appendix 1: Colorscaping with Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
Appendix 2: Plants with Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, or Persistent Leaves
Glossary of Terms
Useful Organizations and Demonstration Gardens
Bibliography
Index
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Foreword

At a time when urbanization is rampant worldwide and Southern California seems to lead the trend, there are rays of hope. Thinking, acting, or being "green," thankfully, is becoming more and more popular. The obliteration of so much of the native landscape, coupled with the many unsustainable ways in which we impact the environment, has alarmed increasing numbers of people. There is growing interest in fostering a way of life that provides better stewardship of our vital natural resources, such as water, while preserving and celebrating those things that give us our sense of place: our native plants.

San Diego County has the greatest species diversity of any county in the United States, and at the same time it is home to the greatest number of federally listed endangered species of any county outside of Hawaii. Clearly, in many instances the native habitat for so many Southern California plants simply no longer exists and the opportunities to reclaim habitat are few. However, our commercial and residential landscapes provide a wealth of opportunity to provide space for our native species, and given the diversity of the Southern California flora, the plant palette for a garden landscape is particularly rich. Beyond that, these plants generally require less water, are less prone to disease, require fewer chemical amendments, and provide needed habitat for native wildlife.

George Oxford Miller has produced a resource in Landscaping with Native Plants of Southern California that illustrates hundreds of native So Cal plants in diagnostic photos and informative text. Just as important, the book helps us to understand how to use and care for these garden treasures. It servesas an important tool for those who already know and appreciate the value of using native plants in landscapes, but also serves to help generate interest and add to the number of people who pursue this worthwhile focus in landscaping.

Julian Duval
President/CEO
Quail Botanical Gardens
Encinitas, California
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    A Fantastic Book!

    This book was great help in picking out trees for my specific back yard. It even told me where to look at them in bloom and see the actual size before purchasing. I highly recommend this book.

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