The Southeast Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden

The Southeast Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden


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Bring your garden to life—and life to your garden

Do you want a garden that makes a real difference? Choose plants native to our Southeast region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment—from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. Native plant experts Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross make adding these superstar plants easier than ever before, with proven advice that every home gardener can follow. This incomparable sourcebook includes 225 recommended native ferns, grasses, wildflowers, perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees. It’s everything you need to know to create a beautiful and beneficial garden.

This must-have handbook is for gardeners in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604699913
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 223,553
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Larry Mellichamp, PhD, is professor emeritus of botany and horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was also director of the university's Botanical Gardens, and is the co-author of six books.

Paula Gross is an instructor of horticulture at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, and former associate director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens. She is the co-author of Bizarre Botanicals.

Will Stuart is a certified native plant specialist, a member of the Carolina Nature Photographers Association, the North Carolina Native Plant Society, the Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

What Is a Native Plant? 11

Garden as Habitat 19

Plant Selection 28

Keep It Growing 39

Getting the Most from the Plant Profiles 49

Ferns 51

Grasses and Grasslike Plants 65

Woodland Wildflowers 77

Sun-Loving Perennials 107

Vines 161

Shrubs 175

Trees 213

Hardiness and Heat Zone Chart 240

Recommended Reading 241

Resources 243

Acknowledgments 245

Photography Credits 245

Index 246

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