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Wildly Successful Plants: Northern California Paperback – February 10, 2004
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A bunch of these plants mentioned you should NOT plant because they invade wild habitats, or are hard to remove, or are weeds or borderline weeds, or natives of other continents, or are a nuisance, or are otherwise plants of ill-repute when located in California -- plants which do NOT belong in ANY California garden due to their high levels of risk and danger to native ecosystems. As the author says, many are close to being put on a California Exotic Pest Plant Council's "don't use" plant list, if they are not on already.
The author goes to a lot of trouble highlighting certain plants, then turns around and gives good reasons why they should NOT be planted in California gardens -- in my opinion, many are clearly UNWISE and/or IRRESPONSIBLE to purposely plant in one's garden. So why write such a book? If you want a book to tell what NOT TO PLANT in Northern California, this is the book for you -- I didn't expect this sort of emphasis and wasted $16.
Three better books:
1) East Bay Municipal District's "Plants and Landscapes for Summer-dry Climates"
2) Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O'Brien's "California Native Plants for the Garden"
3) Sunset's "California Top 10 Garden Guide"
Divided into 7 sections, such as "perennials", each plant has impressive descriptions-- water needs, light needs, hardiness, bloom time, height and spread, etc. The photography of each plant is wonderful, and really allows you to see each plant, and how you might be able to incorporate it into your garden or landscaping.
The title is somewhat misleading, most parts of northern California even slightly interior to the immediate coast will not find the listed plants easy to the point of being weedy, though most will be growable with effort.
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A very informative collection of materials with excellent photographs as support to the text.\
I would recommend this book as a valuable edition to any oibrary.
This book really delivers. Every plant I planted grew, thrived and delivered the goods! Outside of looking at what works in your neighbors yards this book gives you the plant... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Process
I'd like to offer a rebuttal to Laura, who titled her review "Toxic Plants *in* Northern California: What Not to Plant!" None of the plants listed are 'toxic. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Jo Brownold