Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens

Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens


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Inspirational, practical, and easy to use, this book was created with the aim of conveying the awesome diversity and beauty of California's native plants and demonstrating how they can be brought into ecologically sound, attractive, workable, and artful gardens. Structured around major California plant communities—bluffs, redwoods, the Channel Islands, coastal scrub, grasslands, deserts, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen woodlands, riparian, chaparral, mountain meadows, and wetlands—the book's twelve chapters each include sample plans for a native garden design accompanied by original drawings, color photographs, a plant list, tips on successful gardening with individual species, and more. Both residential and professional gardeners will learn the benefits of going native with gardens that require less water and fewer fertilizers, attract wildlife, engage the senses, create a sense of place, and, at the same time, preserve our rich natural heritage.

Designing Native California Gardens includes:

* More than 600 selected native species recommended for the garden

* More than 300 photographs of native plants, natural plant communities, and residential native gardens

* Recommended places to visit for viewing each plant community

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520251106
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/04/2007
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 325,785
Product dimensions: 10.22(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Glenn Keator, a California plant specialist, is author of
Introduction to Trees of the San Francisco Bay Area
(UC Press), The Life of an Oak, Plants of the East Bay Parks, and Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California. Alrie Middlebrook is the founder and president of Middlebrook Gardens in San Jose, California, a design company that specializes in California native gardens. She is author of Eating California. They have been hiking California and teaching classes on California native plants for thirteen years.

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
California's Native Plant Communities   Glenn Keator     1
A Garden-Making Ethic for California   Alrie Middlebrook     23
Bluffs and Cliffs: Elements for a Rock Garden     41
Redwood Forest: Gardening Under Cool Giants     61
Coastal Sage Scrub: Southern California's "Soft" Chaparral     83
Channel Islands Garden: A Parade of Unique Plants     103
Desert Gardens: Juxtaposing Plants from an Extreme Habitat     121
Montane Meadows: Gardening with Mountain Wildflowers     149
Mixed-Evergreen Forest: Summer Shade Between Fog and Sun     169
Oak Woodland: California's Signature Foothill Landscape     195
Grasslands: Paradise for Wildflowers     223
Chaparral: Drought-Adapted Shrubs for the Garden     251
Riparian Woodland: A Plant Palette for Heavy Soils     279
Wetlands: The Beauty of Water in the Garden     303
Appendices     323
Index     334

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"This book not only tells you all about hundreds of these beautiful plants but — most important — how and where to deploy them to great effect."—San Jose Mercury News

"A beautiful and very informative book."—Aptos Times

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