Pennsylvania Naturally: A Gardener's Guide to Sustainable Landscaping
Pennsylvania Naturally describes all the habitat types, all the soils and all the native plants -- but it's also a toolkit of knowledge about geography, geology and ecology especially for gardeners. It provides dozens of starter lists to use as foundations for design and includes the perfect list of plants for rain gardens. The book describes sustainable landscaping as much more than environmental responsibility. Gardens are more lush, more productive, easier to maintain and less expensive. Instead of controlling the land, we collaborate with it to design a garden that suits our taste and give us pleasure. Gorgeous gardens are possible on any scale, no matter what our resources - and we contribute to the health of the planet. Instead of trial-and-error, we plan, design and create landscapes with confidence and success. For the first time, we can garden with certainty about our soil, the habitat we have, the plants that will work. Along the way, we broaden our horizons about the astonishing variety of landscape opportunities in Pennsylvania and gain an appreciation for the complex ecology that makes the entire state a marvelous place to garden. More than 100 illustrations.