The Southern California Native Flower Garden: A Guide to Size, Bloom, Foliage, Color, and Texture

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Plants native to Southern California are uniquely beautiful and thrive on their own with minimal water, pruning or trimming, fertilizers, and soil amendments. This book proves that creating environmentally sensitive design does not mean putting in extraordinary effort or sacrificing beauty. Includes detailed descriptions and growing information for some of the region’s most interesting, attractive plants and has easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages.

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Overview

Plants native to Southern California are uniquely beautiful and thrive on their own with minimal water, pruning or trimming, fertilizers, and soil amendments. This book proves that creating environmentally sensitive design does not mean putting in extraordinary effort or sacrificing beauty. Includes detailed descriptions and growing information for some of the region’s most interesting, attractive plants and has easy-to-use tri-cut flip pages.

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Whatever the season, southern California seems to be in full bloom. Susan Van Atta's The Southern California Native Flower Garden demonstrates that point by identifying no fewer than 164 flowering plants native to the region. For each of these plants, she provides comprehensive information on growing seasons; water and sunlight requirements; height and spread; soil needs; Sunset Climate Zones; and more. This budget-priced hardcover also feature gardener-friendly tri-cut flip pages with illustrations to help you mix and match plants.
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The more you use the book, the better you get at making the most of it, I'm finding. For instance, at first I was just paying attention to make sure the plants I was combining needed the same amount of sun and water. But, then, after awhile, without really setting out to, I began combining plants that had the same origin--woodland, coastal sage, etc.--and the combinations, not surprisingly, looked like they belonged together.

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised this would be a great book. I've seen and loved many a Susan Van Atta garden--several of which have appeared in Sunset's pages. And I know Van Atta dearly loves native plants and that the 164 species she's chosen for this book have been thoroughly vetted.

— Susan Cohoon, Senior Garden Writer

Sunset - Susan Cohoon

The more you use the book, the better you get at making the most of it, I'm finding. For instance, at first I was just paying attention to make sure the plants I was combining needed the same amount of sun and water. But, then, after awhile, without really setting out to, I began combining plants that had the same origin--woodland, coastal sage, etc.--and the combinations, not surprisingly, looked like they belonged together.

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised this would be a great book. I've seen and loved many a Susan Van Atta garden--several of which have appeared in Sunset's pages. And I know Van Atta dearly loves native plants and that the 164 species she's chosen for this book have been thoroughly vetted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603283
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 680,618
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Van Atta has received numerous awards for her innovative environmentally sensitive designs,
including the 2008 National ASLA Award of Honor in General Design and the 2007 Environmental
Protection Agency Award for Sustainable Design. She lives in Santa Barbara.

Illustrating birds has come from a desire to combine studies in ornithology with art. Peter's undergraduate work focused on the nesting ecology and food habits of Flammulated Owls in Idaho, where he co-authored publications in the Journal of Raptor Research and the Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science.

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How to Use This Book

The format of this book allows you to consider selected plant combinations for use in the garden. Flip through the tri-cut pages to mix and match plants according to plant height, time of year of bloom, color of flowers, and foliage (diagram on page 12). Further useful information is summarized with each plant entry to help with other design decisions as well. The Planting Design section includes ideas to help you get started on your own combinations.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

How to Use This Book 11

Southern California Native Plants 22

Bibliography 136

California Native Plant Sources & Information 138

Index 140

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    Wonderful! Easy to understand and follow.

    This book is the first one I found to be really useful to use native plants in my garden for this area. I found the format easy to use and the pictures realistic and beautiful. I can't wait to put this book to use in my yard!

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