Live in the South? Getting frustrated with all those fussy non-native plants that need so much babying in our hot, humid weather? This is the book for you.
|Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a beautiful native tree that flowers in late Spring. It is said to be resistant to urban air pollution.|
|Our native Dogwood Tree, Cornus florida, supports 117 species of moths and butterflies, according to entomologist Doug Tallamy. The Asian Kousa Dogwood, on the other hand, does not support any.|
WARNING: Wasowski might possibly be anarchist here - she seems awfully okay with getting rid of the sacred Lawn. I'm not sure if she's aware of how taboo that is here! (For further information regarding the author's radical views, I refer you to another book by her and her husband entitled The Landscape Revolution.)
|Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is depended on by hummingbirds as a source of early-season nectar.|
|Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a more commonly used native vine, beloved for its fragrant early spring blooms and its ability to cover up chain-link fence. It is always a thrill to see some flowering in the very tops of high trees.|
|Cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) is a native fern that a lot of people really like. I honestly think it looks a little strange.|
|Hearts-a-burstin' / American Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus) was blooming wild in the wooded lot next to us.|
p.s. For those of you in the Southwest, Sally Wasowski also authors several books on native Southwestern plants!
Um, so I read the book - where do we find these native plants for our garden?
Thankfully native plants are becoming more popular and easier to find. Not too long ago, I was having a lot of trouble finding Mountain laurel shrubs. Last week I just purchased some from the clearance section of a local home and garden store! You just need to know what you are looking for.
There are also mail-order nurseries that specialize in native plants if you can't find what you want in local nurseries. Niche Gardens is a fabulous nursery not too far away here in North Carolina. I have also been very pleased with Nearly Native Nursery in Georgia. If you have any questions or need to find a plant for a particular site, just call them up!
For some other great gardening books, check out this month's garden book reviews over at the site Roses and Other Gardening Joys!