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California Native Plants for the Garden Paperback – December 1, 2005
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An authoritative reference on California gardening, with detailed advice on landscape design, installation, watering, pruning, and pest control. -- Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2006
Go out and buy "California Native Plants for the Garden"... [this] new book is a must-have. -- San Francisco Chronicle, February 15, 2006
This guidebook . . . is both practical and inspirational. Lovingly detailed plant profiles . . . make you covet each species. -- Sunset Magazine, April 2006
[It] provides a dazzling array of native plant possibilities for every garden situation, combined with a wealth of practical information. -- Pacific Horticulture, January 2006
[The authors] have combined their deep knowledge of and extensive experience with California plants into a thorough and charismatic guide. -- Sue Rosenthal, Bay Nature Magazine, Fall, 2005
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*Fantastic color pictures, easily averaging two per page. (If nothing else, the photography alone would make it a great coffee table book. It transcends that limitation however by being so research intensive.)
*Crisp, informative writing with attention paid to color (flower, foliage, bark, etc), shape and habit, site analysis, and seasonal interest for every entry.
*Three-to-five chunky paragraphs for each plant with key families like manzanita and pine getting several pages.
*Clear, straightforward endorsements and appraisals. "Desert willow is simply the best summer-blooming large shrub or small tree that California has to offer." "Though justly and thoroughly praised through the years as the queen of California's wildflowers, Matilija poppy is both finicky and aggressive in the garden." "This first-rate sage [Salvia spathacea] satisfies on all counts and truly lives up to its name by attracting hummingbirds to your garden." "It would be difficult to come up with another California native to top giant coreopsis in the weird-looking plant category."
*Appendices include several pages listing native plant nurseries and public gardens throughout CA, and a five page bibliography.
I could go on praising this book. (I only found one plant missing from this book I'd have expected to see: Vaccinium ovatum.)
Don't think that it's all about the photgraphs, however. The rest of the book is put together well and stands side by side with any other California native plant guides for completeness of information.
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
The bottom line? If you are looking to buy a reference guide and/or a beginners guide on CA native plants, this is it. The book is made of fine quality paper and has excellent plant descriptions and crisp glossy photos throughout. Before this book, I couldn't count how many times I was overwhelmed with what to choose and where to plant. This book provided the hand holding I needed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the cover, and the details inside are just as GOOD. Thanks for the fine job, a must have reference!Published 5 months ago by CaliforniaHal
Easy to read and navigate. Lots of pictures to see the plants. Useful for sure.Published 8 months ago by Strow
The book has great pictures and descriptions of each plant. I am not sure many of the plants are available in the nursery. It is a good reference book.Published 10 months ago by JBZ
Very nice pictures and description of California landscapes. Also helpful are lists in the back of plants for hedges, fast or slow growing, or liked by hummingbirds. Read morePublished 10 months ago by roguethecat
I just LOVE this book! I changed my whole new landscape design because of it. I live in Southern California...makes sense! Read morePublished 11 months ago by boom chick