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Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens

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This new edition of Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens is an invaluable guide to native plants for gardeners who live in the high-altitude regions of the American West (5,000 feet and above). Despite such challenges as weather extremes and water shortages, these 150 plants are low-maintenance favorites, having been carefully cultivated and tested by the staff of the Arboretum at Flagstaff in Arizona. Plants included are perennials, grasses, bulbs, vines, ferns, and ground covers, providing a wide ...

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Overview

This new edition of Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens is an invaluable guide to native plants for gardeners who live in the high-altitude regions of the American West (5,000 feet and above). Despite such challenges as weather extremes and water shortages, these 150 plants are low-maintenance favorites, having been carefully cultivated and tested by the staff of the Arboretum at Flagstaff in Arizona. Plants included are perennials, grasses, bulbs, vines, ferns, and ground covers, providing a wide variety of options for both the novice and seasoned gardener.

Native Plants includes the following:

  • Comprehensive information on how to plant and nurture each species, as well as how to maintain your native garden
  • Full-color photographs of each plant
  • Descriptions detailing the natural history, features, and cultivation information
  • Sidebars about unusual plants, an annotated zone map, reading list, and list of native plant sources

Janice Busco has twenty-five years of experience with Western native plants as an environmental horticulturist, consultant, and educator. She is an active member of the Arizona Native Plant Society and the International Plant Propagation Society. Busco lives and gardens in Arizona.

Nancy R. Morin was director of the Arboretum at Flagstaff for five years, and before that was assistant director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and executive director of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Morin has been one of the major editors for Flora of North America for more than twenty-five years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555914752
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Busco has 20 years experience with Western native plants as an environmental horticulturist, consultant, and educator. She has served as co-director of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, California, and as horticulturist at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Nancy R. Morin worked for 15 years at the Missouri Botanical Garden, eventually becoming the assistant director, and another 3 years as executive director of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta before coming to Flagstaff to serve as director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction: The Joy of Growing Native Plants ix
Planting and Maintaining the Native Garden
Taking Stock 3
Get to Know Your Site 3
Your Goals and Your Capacities 3
Make the Most of Water 4
Preparing Your Site 7
Soils 7
Weed Control 8
Diversity 10
Getting the Plants You Want 13
Types of Plant Material 13
Sources of Native Plants 14
Planting 17
When to Plant 17
Dig the Planting Holes 17
Get the Plants Ready 18
Space Plants Carefully 19
Fertilize 19
Encourage Soil Mycorrhizae 19
Water Well 20
Take Special Care in the First Season 20
Protect Plants from Predators, Pests, and Weeds 20
Starting from Seed 23
Seeding Directly 23
Seeding in Containers 25
Keeping Your Plants Alive and Healthy 27
Monitor Your Plants 27
Maintain Your Native Planting 27
Winter Preparation 28
Troubleshooting 28
Native Plant Species
Introduction 33
Species Descriptions 36
Useful References 340
Native Plant Sources 341
Index 343
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