Native Treasures: Gardening With the Plants of California

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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: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Phyllis M. Faber Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,453,960
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nevin Smith is Director of Horticulture at Suncrest Nurseries
Inc. in Watsonville, California and an occasional columnist for Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : California and its plants 1
Gardening with California natives 9
Designs grant and small 9
Nuts and bolts 19
Filling your garden : propagation of native plants 41
A few of my favorite things : native plants for the garden 55
The trees 55
Ode of an oak 57
Madrono 73
The shrubs 77
In praise of the wild lilac 79
So many manzanitas 95
Currants and gooseberries 111
Holly grapes, Oregon grapes 121
The flannel bushes 127
Western redbud 133
Mock-oranges and their kin 137
Discovering the globe mallows 143
The giant poppies 147
Snowdrop bush 151
Fragrant clouds of Lupine 153
Blue curls 161
Toyon of my mind 165
Soup to nuts : two broader genera 169
Sages for the senses 171
Buckwheats I have known 179
Subshrubs and herbaceous perennials 189
Dazzled by penstemons 191
Iris all around us 201
Alum roots and coral bells 209
California fuchsias 215
Living with Lewisias 221
Blue eyes, golden eyes 225
Coyote mints 229
Bulbs and corms 235
The magic of lilies 237
Brodiaeas and friends 245
Small matters 255
The trouble with annuals 255
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