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

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

by Susan Van Atta, Peter Gaede
     
 

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

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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.

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

A comprehensive guide to 165 flowering plants native to Southern California

Editorial Reviews

Sunset

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423603283
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
348,896
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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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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