Native Treasures: Gardening With the Plants of California

Native Treasures: Gardening With the Plants of California

by Nevin Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244265

ISBN-13: 9780520244269

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Nevin Smith has spent his life growing plants and exploring the wild California landscape. A highly respected horticulturalist and practitioner who is also a gifted writer, Smith shares his years of experience growing native California plants in this lively, informative book. Rather than being a systematic “how-to” manual, Native Treasures

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Nevin Smith has spent his life growing plants and exploring the wild California landscape. A highly respected horticulturalist and practitioner who is also a gifted writer, Smith shares his years of experience growing native California plants in this lively, informative book. Rather than being a systematic “how-to” manual, Native Treasures combines Smith’s personal thoughts, sometimes maverick opinions, and matchless expertise with practical advice on selected groups of native plants and their culture. The author explains how California’s diverse terrain, climate, and geology support a wealth of plant species—more than 6000—and offers suggestions for designing with most of the major natives in cultivation, as well as with some more obscure but garden-worthy groups. With an engaging narrative and a wealth of illustrations, this ode to beauty and diversity celebrates California’s rich store of native plants and encourages readers to visit them in their native haunts and invite them into their gardens.

* Describes the use of plants in varying landscapes and gardens

* State of the art propagation techniques

* Beautifully illustrated with color photos and line drawings

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244269
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Phyllis M. Faber Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,362,355
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : California and its plants1
Gardening with California natives9
Designs grant and small9
Nuts and bolts19
Filling your garden : propagation of native plants41
A few of my favorite things : native plants for the garden55
The trees55
Ode of an oak57
Madrono73
The shrubs77
In praise of the wild lilac79
So many manzanitas95
Currants and gooseberries111
Holly grapes, Oregon grapes121
The flannel bushes127
Western redbud133
Mock-oranges and their kin137
Discovering the globe mallows143
The giant poppies147
Snowdrop bush151
Fragrant clouds of Lupine153
Blue curls161
Toyon of my mind165
Soup to nuts : two broader genera169
Sages for the senses171
Buckwheats I have known179
Subshrubs and herbaceous perennials189
Dazzled by penstemons191
Iris all around us201
Alum roots and coral bells209
California fuchsias215
Living with Lewisias221
Blue eyes, golden eyes225
Coyote mints229
Bulbs and corms235
The magic of lilies237
Brodiaeas and friends245
Small matters255
The trouble with annuals255

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