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Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden Hardcover – January 28, 2014

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“Larry Mellichamp knows his plants...His impressive work covers 460 native plant species and helps us not only identify wild plants, but also details how each can be used in a cultivated garden.” —Carolina Country

“Opens up [the] world of native plants.” —Karen Sullivan, Charlotte Observer

“With concise but comprehensive profiles of plants and how they might best be used in conventional garden settings, lavishly enhanced by photography by veteran wildflower photographer Will Stuart, this book should become the go-to resource for southern gardeners eager to break out of the ‘local garden center mode’ and truly express their botanical individuality.” —Salt Magazine



“With concise but comprehensive profiles of plants and how they might best be used in conventional garden settings, lavishly enhanced by photography by veteran wildflower photographer Will Stuart, this book should become the go-to resource for Southern gardeners eager to break out of the 'local garden center mode' and truly express their botanical individuality.” 

(The Charlotte Observer)

"Opens up [the] world of native plants." 



“This is not only an excellent reference on the beautiful plants that inhabit the wilds of our region, but Mellichamp adds individual notes on the possibilities of incorporating each of the 460 species mentioned into cultivated gardens.”  
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“Those new to native plant gardening as well as those well-experienced will find much here to add to their horticultural toolkit. Whether one’s interest is wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, bog plants, trees, or all of the above, Mellichamp’s treatise will serve as a welcomed resource.” —Gil Nelson, author of Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens
 
Create a garden that reflects the unique beauty of the Southeast region. Native Plants of the Southeast shows you the best native plants and how to use them in your garden.
  • 460 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns
  • Practical cultivation tips
  • Hundreds of beautiful photos
  • Helpful lists of plants for difficult situations, attracting wildlife, and fall color
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604693231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604693232
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has beautiful photographs that really show the plants. It is well organized by groups of plants, ferns, grasses, aquatic plants, bog plants, wildflowers, vines, shrubs, conifers and trees. Each plant is described and it's growing conditions given, and it is given a rating as to it's value in the garden. In the back are lists of plants that would suit particular growing conditions and situations. The book is much larger and heavier than I had expected. It is more of a coffee table book, to be admired and studied, rather than a field guide.
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I am a professional landscape architect and I have needed a resource like this for years...finally! The most complete guide to native plants I have ever seen. Not only does it contain useful information about native plants for the professional, but homeowners and novice garden designers will find this helpful also...a great investment. Great photos, wonderfully organized (I love his ranking system) and many many plant reviews.
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Native Plants of the Southeast is more than a wildflower guide. The contents cover all types of native plants, with specific recommendations for including them in the garden, including ease of cultivation, availability, and a rating system that will help the home gardener make decisions as to what plants to use. There are many wonderful photos and helpful lists, but the best part is the obvious love and enthusiasm the author has for his work. His descriptions show incredible knowledge of having worked with these plants over many years.

Both the experienced native plant gardener and those wishing to include natives in the landscape will benefit from reading this treatment of so many of our natural national treasures.
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Everything you need to know about native plants, with beautiful clear color photographs. I enjoy relaxing and simply looking at the photos, very peaceful. This is my favorite book to go to for complete information on habitat, range, description, propagation, cultivation and availability. I keep it with me at all times in my garden center. Well worth the price.
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This is a must have book for the gardener in the SE US who is interested in native plants. The author provides a capsule summary of plant characteristics and cultural requirements-- and a lot of beautiful photos of mature specimens.
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I viewed my copy through NetGalley,and found this to be a thorough look at a variety of elevations that make up the southeast. Well done, lots of nice pictures and descriptions. It was a little dry in spots, I thought, but not boring -more textbook like. As in pay attention this is important.

Definitely a good book for an overview of why native plants should have a part in gardens as well as what those native plants are, and how to nurture them. Thorough coverage of the topic at hand.
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omg!! I LOVE this book. Everything about each plant, tree, shrub, etc. is right at the end of your nose. Great pictures, and I especially like the author adding personal experiences with certain plantings. I have a bunch of old business cards cut in half lengthwise marking pages for my must plant this year... or next. They are listed on the back of an envelope to be taken to the big plant sale at the farmer's market this weekend, or searching at my favorite local nursery. If neither, internet purchase.
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If you are interested in native plants and live in the southeast ---this is the book for you. Under the "notes' heading on each plant , the author gives you some of his experiences with that plant. Invaluable!
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