Southern Gardening: An Environmentally Sensitive Approach

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Create the lush landscape of your dreams with this comprehensive guide to beautiful, environmentally conscious yards and gardens. Southern Gardening suggests useful groundcovers and easy-care, adaptable trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Identify and deal with exotic invasive plants that threaten our natural areas, and learn minimally damaging ways of dealing with insect pests. Plus, a month-by-month guide will help gardeners plan ahead as they strive to have gardens that ...

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Overview

Create the lush landscape of your dreams with this comprehensive guide to beautiful, environmentally conscious yards and gardens. Southern Gardening suggests useful groundcovers and easy-care, adaptable trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Identify and deal with exotic invasive plants that threaten our natural areas, and learn minimally damaging ways of dealing with insect pests. Plus, a month-by-month guide will help gardeners plan ahead as they strive to have gardens that are more earth-friendly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561643295
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Harrison is a Master Gardener and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. She is the author of Gardening in the Coastal South, also published by Pineapple Press. She writes gardening columns for a number of newspapers and other publications in addition to lecturing frequently at garden clubs, centers, and seminars. She lives with her Amiable Spouse in the midst of her lovely garden in Valparaiso, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Explanation of Data Charts ix
What's in a Name xi
Acknowledgments xiii
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map xiv
I Plants for the Environmentally Sensitive Landscape
Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives
Arborvitae Fern (Selaginella spp.) 5
Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) 7
Border Grass (Liriope spp.) 9
Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra (Aspidistra elatior) 10
Emerald Feather Calathea (Calathea louisae) 12
Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) 14
Japanese Sedge (Carex morrowii aurea 'Variegata') 16
Leatherleaf Fern (Rumohra adiantiformis) 18
Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) 20
Muhly Grass (Mulenbergia capillaris) 21
Ornamental Grasses 23
Groundcovers for Hot, Sunny Places 24
Other Groundcovers to Try 26
Lawns and Their Care 26
Trees and Shrubs
Benefits of Trees 32
Five Fabulous Trees 35
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) 35
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) 36
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) 37
Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) 38
Nuttall Oak (Quercus nuttallii) 38
Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) 39
American Holly (Ilex opaca) 41
Century Plant (Agave americana) 43
Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) 45
Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) 47
Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) 49
Coral Tree (Erythrina crista-galli) 51
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) 52
Japanese Aucuba (Aucuba japonica) 54
Japanese Fatsia (Fatsia japonica) 55
Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei) 57
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) 59
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) 61
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) 63
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) 65
Sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) 67
A Story of Mighty and Minnie Pine 69
The Tale of Majestic Oak 70
Tree Diseases 71
Other Trees and Shrubs 73
Easy-Care Plants for Summer and Fall Color
Stars of the Summer Garden
Allamanda (Allamanda cathartica) 74
Begonia (Begonia spp.) 76
Blue Daze (Evolvulus nuttallianus syn. E. glomeratus) 78
Buttonflower (Centratherum intermedium) 80
Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) 81
Fanflower (Scaevola aemula) 83
Firespike (Odontonema strictum) 85
Forsythia Sage (Salvia madrensis) 87
Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) 89
Melampodium (Melampodium paludosum) 91
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) 93
Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum) 95
Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) 97
Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) 98
Perilla (Perilla frutescens) 100
Stars of the Fall Garden
Salvia (Salvia spp.) 102
Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) 103
Ginger (Zingiberaceae) 104
Golden Dewdrop (Duranta repens) 105
Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) 105
Cuphea (Cuphea spp.) 106
Blue Butterfly Bush (Clerodendron ugandense) 107
Lion's Ear (Leonotis leonurus) 107
Stokes Aster (Stokesia laevis) 108
Zinnia (Zinnia spp.) 110
Container Gardens 112
List of Other Plants 115
Hardy Plants for Winter and Early Spring
Bachelor's Button (Centaurea cyanus) 118
Candytuft (Iberis umbellata) 119
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) 121
Nemesia (Nemesia fruticans)) 123
Diascia (Diascia barberae) 124
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale (Brassica oleracea) 125
Petunia (Petunia spp.) 127
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) 129
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) 131
Other Choices Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) 133
Larkspur (Consolida ambigua) 134
Stock (Matthiola incana) 135
Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) 136
Herbs for the Winter Garden 136
II The Environmentally Sensitive Landscape, Some Considerations
The Evolution of Environmental Consciousness 141
Pollinators 143
Diminishing Wildlife 144
Making Wise Plant Choices 145
Room for All 148
Controlling Pests
Cultural Practices 149
Physical Controls 151
Beneficial Insects 153
Biological Controls 154
Insecticides 156
Botanical Controls 158
Exotic Invasives 160
Some Widespread Exotic Invasives
Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) 163
Chinaberry Tree (Melia azedarach) 165
Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) 167
Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta) 168
Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) 169
Popcorn Tree (Sapium sebiferum) 180
The List Goes On 172
Control of Exotic Invasives 174
It's Time for Mistletoe and Holly 175
The Indoor Environment, Clean the Air with Houseplants 177
III Ruminations on Southern Gardening
A Few Lessons 181
Dealing with Drought in the Landscape 182
Adding Zing, Zap, and Zest to the Garden 185
Landscape Design Tricks 188
The Newly Sprung Spring 190
Gardening Mistakes 191
Propagating Plants 195
A Meal of Turnip Greens 197
The Garden as a Healing Place 199
IV Environmentally Friendly Gardening Through the Year
January 207
February 209
March 210
April 211
May 212
June 213
July 214
August 216
September 217
October 218
November 220
December 224
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