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To learn all you need to know about gardening in Texas, you could collect a whole shelf full of specialized books on topics ranging from soil preparation to tree care. But all you really need is Howard Garrett's Plants for Texas. In this one book, you'll find a virtual encyclopedia of over 500 Texas plants—trees, shrubs, flowers, vines, grasses, vegetables, fruits, weeds, and cover crops—along with complete, easily understood instructions for planting and maintaining them.
Gardening expert Howard Garrett draws on years of landscaping experience to provide "all-you-need-to-know" about each plant:
- Latin and common names
- sun or shade requirements
- mature height, spread, and recommended spacing
- type of bloom and fruit
- habit and culture
- recommended uses
- tips and notes
To help gardeners avoid costly mistakes, Garrett also specifically notes which plants grow very well or very poorly in Texas.
In addition to the species descriptions (which are beautifully illustrated with color photos), the book includes reliable, easy-to-follow instructions for planting design, soil preparation, planting techniques, and plant maintenance. Garrett advocates a sensible organic gardening program that works with nature to create healthy yards and gardens.
Whether you're a first-time homeowner planting a new yard or a seasoned gardener looking for new ideas and information, Howard Garrett's Plants for Texas is the book you need.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.53(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
Host of the radio gardening talk show "The Natural Way" (WBAP-820) and author of the Dallas Morning News column of the same name, Howard Garrett is a noted expert on organic gardening and author of several books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a transplanted yankee, I didn't know much about what to plant (and what NOT to plant) in Texas. After wasting too much time and energy planting the wrong things, I finally found this book (Reccommended by a local gardening expert) and I now have a green thumb! If you ever bought plants and wondered what they'd look like grown, this book has photos of almost every plant it mentions (including trees and shrubs). Mr. Garrett tells you when to plant, how to plant, where to plant, and even tells you which ones NOT to plant! Our xeriscaped gardens have him to thank.