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Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin

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Aimed at beginners and veteran gardeners alike, this book is designed to help Wisconsin gardeners find, plant, and maintain the best native species for their specific sites, however modest or lavish.

Gardening with native plants is an ever-more popular practice?and for good reason. Naturally suited to a region?s climate and soil, native plants tend to thrive, and to reflect a true ?fit? with the environment.

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Overview

Aimed at beginners and veteran gardeners alike, this book is designed to help Wisconsin gardeners find, plant, and maintain the best native species for their specific sites, however modest or lavish.

Gardening with native plants is an ever-more popular practice—and for good reason. Naturally suited to a region’s climate and soil, native plants tend to thrive, and to reflect a true “fit” with the environment.

The Native Plant Profiles section offers comprehensive descriptions of some 600 species of flowers and groundcovers, trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens, grasses, and ferns native to Wisconsin, as well as information on planting, maintenance, and landscape uses for each plant.

With advice on the process of designing a natural garden that fits each lifestyle and family, the book will guide readers to the level of native plant landscaping that is just right for them.

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Editorial Reviews

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Lynn Steiner's Wisconsin primer provides a good example of why regional gardening guides are on the upswing. Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin lays useful groundwork with detailed descriptions of 600 species of flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens, grasses, and ferns indigenous to the state. Each entry provides guidelines for planting, maintenance, and landscape. This locale-specific information is essential for a state with Wisconsin's difficult soil and weather conditions. Green thumb gold.
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The MidwestBook Review, May 2007

“Beautifully illustrated … an essential instructional guide to successful native-plant gardening in Wisconsin … the definitive and strongly recommended reference for any Wisconsin gardener or landscaper wanting to utilize and incorporate Wisconsin native plants.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760329696
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 273,587
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Steiner is a longtime editor, writer, and photographer for Northern Gardener magazine. Her articles and photographs have appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Gardening How-To, and Sunset's Midwestern Landscaping Book. She lives with her husband, two teenage sons, a golden retriever, and two cats on a turn-of-the-century farmstead in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Contents

PART ONE

Introduction

Landscaping with Native Plants of Wisconsin

 

Chapter 1

Understanding Native Plants

Classifying Native Plants

Benefits of Native Plants

Native Plants in the Landscape

Native Plant Conservation

Chapter 2

Wisconsin’s Natural Plant Life

Learning from the Natural World

Southern Grasslands

Prairies

Savannas

Prairie and Savanna in the Landscape

Southern Forests

Deciduous Forest in the Landscape

Northern Woodlands

Northern Mesic Forest

Boreal Forest

Pine Barrens

Northern Woodlands in the Landscape

Water and Shoreline Communities

Water in the Landscape

Chapter 3

Gardening with Native Plants

Hardiness Zones and Frost Dates

Soils and Soil Preparation

Composting Basics                  

Starting a New Garden

Planting

Mulching

Weed Control

Watering

Grooming

Pest Management

Chapter 4

Landscaping with Native Plants

Assessing Your Site

Choosing a Style

Placing Plants

Creating Mixed Borders

Shade Gardening

Attracting Butterflies

Creating a Hummingbird Habitat

Gardening Among Rocks

Water Gardens and Bog Gardens

Rainwater Gardens

Hardscapes and Accents

Using Non-native Plants

Turf Grasses and Groundcovers

Dealing with City Laws and Neighbors

PART TWO

 

Native Plant Profiles

Flowers and Groundcovers

Grasses and Sedges

Ferns

Evergreen Conifers

Deciduous Shrubs and Small Trees

Deciduous Trees

Vines

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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