The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide

The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide

by Charlotte Adelman, Bernard L. Schwartz
     
 

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Winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award, presented by the National Garden Clubs.

Midwestern gardeners and landscapers are becoming increasingly attracted to noninvasive regional native wildflowers and plants over popular nonnative species. The Midwestern Native Garden offers viable alternatives to both amateurs and professionals, whether they are

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Winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award, presented by the National Garden Clubs.

Midwestern gardeners and landscapers are becoming increasingly attracted to noninvasive regional native wildflowers and plants over popular nonnative species. The Midwestern Native Garden offers viable alternatives to both amateurs and professionals, whether they are considering adding a few native plants or intending to go native all the way. Native plants improve air and water quality, reduce use of pesticides, and provide vital food and reproductive sites to birds and butterflies, that nonnative plants cannot offer, helping bring back a healthy ecosystem.

The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native alternatives that look similar or even identical to a range of nonnative ornamentals. These are native plants that are suitable for all garden styles, bloom during the same season, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Plant entries are accompanied by nature notes setting out the specific birds and butterflies the native plants attract.

The Midwestern Native Garden will be a welcome guide to gardeners whose styles range from formal to naturalistic but who want to create an authentic sense of place, with regional natives. The beauty, hardiness, and easy maintenance of native Midwestern plants will soon make them the new favorites.

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“At last, an idea whose time has come! This is the only book I know of, for the Midwest, that systematically suggests native plants of similar appearance and growing requirements, to replace nonnatives we might otherwise plant in our landscapes. Importantly, The Midwestern Native Garden alerts the reader to the natives’ unique roles in attracting and sustaining increased biodiversity in our gardens.”
—Maryann Whitman, Editor, Wild Ones Journal

“Midwestern gardeners who aim to create native landscapes that provide important habitat to birds and other wildlife have a valuable new resource. . . . What sets (The Midwestern Native Garden) apart from similar titles lining gardener's bookshelves is the authors’ comprehensive selection of colorful plants native to the Midwest that hold their own against popular ornamentals. Each featured plant includes garden notes about the birds and butterflies it may attract.”
— Audubon

“What a great idea! Local authors Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz compiled a wealth of information for those of us who are looking to add a few native plants to our gardens or for those who intend to go all-the-way native. I had the luxury of spending a morning in their beautiful gardens. . . . I saw firsthand how native plants will bring the birds, butterflies and other pollinators as only a balanced eco-system will do. Color and motion!”
— Chicago Sun-Times

“The 268-page paperback is flush with possible substitutes of common garden plants from ajuga and day lilies to tansy and chrysanthemums. . . . Adelman says the book’s goal is to raise awareness of the vital role that native plants play in the ecosystem and prompt gardeners to consider options.”
The Columbus Dispatch

“The material in this book—comprehensive, impassioned and highly focused—is valuable and supportive for the gardener who is tentative about growing natives. It offers a huge menu of plants for a person who is committed to creating a dynamic, healthy environment of native plants.”
— Rapid City Journal

“This lovely and inspired book will turn your mind to the future, to gardening, and to creation, of whatever divine, authorial, or arboreal inspiration. Get your green fingers at the ready.”
— ReadWorthy Books

“Adelman and Schwartz have written an informative, beautifully illustrated book. . . . Every Midwestern gardener interested in the reintroduction of native plants will want to own this book. Applicable to gardens in adjacent states as well.”
Library Journal

Library Journal
Native plants are not only beautiful, they also provide for the needs of animals. Adelman and Schwartz (coauthors, Prairie Directory of North America) have written an informative, beautifully illustrated book suggesting native species Midwestern gardeners can use in place of common garden plants (they define the Midwest as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada). Arranged first by season then alphabetically by common name of nonnative plants, the entries list and describe the plants' native alternatives. In addition to listing common descriptors (height, etc.), entries note whether the nonnative plants are invasive. The native alternatives presented are species that resemble the nonnative plants in, for example, flower color and leaf shape, and that also have the same cultural requirements. "Nature Notes" include information on animals that use the plants for food, habitat, or reproduction purposes. While the authors unfortunately do not include USDA hardiness zones, they point to the USDA website as a source for such information and for determining whether a plant is native to a specific state. VERDICT Every Midwestern gardener interested in the reintroduction of native plants will want to own this book. Applicable to gardens in adjacent states as well.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821419373
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
455,214
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz are the authors of Prairie Directory of North America - US and Canada, winner of the 2003 National Garden Club Illinois Tommy Donnan Certificates Publications award and the 2003 Garden Clubs of Illinois’ Award.

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