We would like to direct you to the following for more information on native plant gardening as well as other horticultural, green industry and ecological sites. We've also provided a few of our favorite book and magazine recommendations.
Books, Magazines and Articles of Interest
CLAUDIA WEST + THOMAS RAINER
We have driven nature out of our cities, but we can invite it back in by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild. The solution lies in understanding plantings as communities of compatible species that cover the ground in interlocking layers. This book is an optimistic call to action dedicated to the idea of new nature, a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated that can flourish in cities and suburbs. This timely and essential reference is lushly illustrated with original planting plans and colour photography.
With the accelerating pace of development and subsequent habitat disruption, the pressures on wildlife populations are greater than they have ever been in our nation's history. As Doug Tallamy has confirmed through extensive research, there is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. When native plant species disappear, or are replaced by alien exotics, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. Fortunately, there is still time to reverse this alarming trend, and gardeners have the power to make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. By favoring native plants, gardeners can provide a welcoming environment for wildlife of all kinds.
Finally...an App for Gardeners, Retailers, Landscapers and Designers about Useful Perennials, Annuals and Veggies for the Garden.
Over 1000 different plants, 100's of photos, videos, and a deer browsing guide make this product unique. Works on iOS (apple products) and Androids. Now you can have Dr A's insights, hints for success and his choices for best varieties in your back pocket everywhere you go. Even if you are not a smart phone user, you don't have to miss out on Dr. Armitage's wisdom. Build your vital resource desktop library by clicking here to go straight to the bookstore! And, of course, you can interact with him personally on his Facebook, Twitter, or check out his boards on Pinterest.
In just a few years, green roofs have gone from a horticultural curiosity to a booming growth industry primarily because the environmental benefits of extensively planted roofs are now beyond dispute, whether for industrial or governmental complexes or for private homes in urban or suburban settings. Despite the high level of interest in green roofs, until now there has been no reliable reference devoted exclusively to the various species of drought-tolerant plants that are suitable for use on extensive green roofs. Green Roof Plants fills that void. The book contains photographs and cultural information for more than 200 species and cultivars of plants, including valuable data on moisture needs, heat tolerance, hardiness, bloom color, foliage characteristics, and height. Concise, accurate, and easy to use, this book is destined to become an indispensable practical reference guide, not just for architects, landscape designers, engineers, and environmentalists, but also for environmentally conscious home gardeners.
The long-awaited third edition of Allan Armitage's masterpiece on garden perennials will be released in April of 2008. Armitage's extensive traveling, teaching and trialing experiences provide a depth of understanding of the best ornamental perennials for North American gardens unparalleled by any other garden writer. One of the most definitive and conclusive books written about perennials, the first edition was designated as one of the best 75 books written in the last 75 years by the American Horticulture Society, and the third promises to be even better.
The third edition of "The Big Perennial Book" (as it is fondly referred to by many practitioners) describes 3,600 species in 1224 pages. More than 300 color photos complement detailed text filled with the author's pointed observations of plant performance, cultivar selection and current taxonomy. Allan's trademark wit and passion are both in abundance, making reading as pleasurable as it is informative.
Greening the world is everyone's job. Here is a link sent to us by our friend Nicole Jacobs from Portland, Oregon. This young gardener's online research with the guidance of her Mom, Erica led her to our site and now Nicole is leading you to this valuable resource that she found inspirational. Way to go Ladies! Thanks for sharing and thanks for digging in.
Nature's Landscapes is a monthly column by Mt. Cuba Center that focuses on the native plants of the Piedmont region, which lies between the Atlantic coastal plain and the Appalachians, stretching from New York to Alabama. The column is written by Donna Wiley, Horticulturist in Mt. Cuba Center's Formal Gardens.
Enhancing Delaware Highways
A fantastic guide for contractors, designers and architects with pages of information on how to enhance roadside and other corridor landscapes. This book is based on years of personal experience with work done on Delaware's state highways. It includes planting instructions, maintenance techniques and tables of plant materials for various situation. Written, edited and prepared by: Susan Barton, University of Delaware; Rick Darke , Rick Darke LLC; Gary Schwetz , Delaware Center for Horticulture. Produced under contract with the Delaware Department of Transportation, Nathan Hayward III, Secretary, April 2005