Native Plants Of The Northeast: A Guide For Gardening And Conservation
  • Native Plants Of The Northeast: A Guide For Gardening And Conservation
  • Native Plants Of The Northeast: A Guide For Gardening And Conservation
  • Native Plants Of The Northeast: A Guide For Gardening And Conservation
ISBN: 0881926736
EAN13: 9780881926736
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 8, 2005
Pages: 308
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 10.5" L x 7.7" W
Weight: 2.45 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

No other single volume on native plants has such comprehensive horticultural coverage as Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation. Nearly seven hundred species of native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers from the northeastern quarter of the United States and all of eastern Canada are included. Of course, the natural ranges of many of the plants extend beyond this area, and the book is an essential resource for everyone interested in gardening with native plants of all kinds, as well as those who need the information provided here for habitat restoration and enhancement of biodiversity for the sake of conservation.

Natural plant communities of eastern North America are described, providing a foundation for the choice of plants for different areas and climates---or a variety of sites in the garden---as well as for restoration of native plant habitats. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, the encyclopedic portion of the book includes practical advice on cultivation and propagation in addition to descriptions, ranges, and information on hardiness. An appendix recommends particular plants for difficult situations and for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. Written from the unique perspective of an author who has professional credentials in horticulture, botany, forestry, and ecology as well as hands-on practical experience, this book is the most trustworthy single source for all who wish to cultivate native plants.

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   Excellent starting point for getting to know native plants
This is a great reference for anyone interested in knowing what is naturally growing in the northeast. Native plants are so often dismissed as weeds, but Leopold brings out their best qualities and shows them as the desirable beauties they are. The write-ups of the plants are concise and clear and include notes on soil and light conditions as well as propagation. The beautiful photos are excellent for plant identification, although it would be better if there were more than one photo for each plant, showing not just the flower, but also more leaves, especially before the flower emerges. I would give the book 5 starts, except that I have found that not every plant has a photo with its description. This makes it hard to look at photos to identify something you have found growing. But for plants with photos and descriptions, this is an excellent starting point for researching the natives.
   Concise, straightforward, and thorough
This book is a must for landscape architects and anyone involved in highway beautification. Nearly every plant description is paired with a natural color photo of the plant in its full state. Although this book is primarily designed for the northeast, it is also good for the southeast and parts of the Midwest. I would make a suggestion to the author only if he gets the chance to do a reprint. Please include a section on the poisonous plants - poison ivy, poison sumac, stinging nettle and the like. They may not be of great use to many, but there are many of us who would like to find out more about them.
   Native plants of the NE. So hard to find !
A great book written by a professor in Syracuse, NY. Only the descriptions included how attractive these are to the animals. He does include a list of 1 pages.
   Perfect gift for gardener friend!
Bought this as a gift for a friend who is very interested in native plants and loves it! Here there were even some plants she had never heard, but was very excited to get her hands on. It is a beautiful book too, with lots of excellent images and really great information.
   Very nice book
This book is quite expensive, but put together nicely. It is missing a few plants that I think should be included. Surprised that one was not there, but so many others. Once I started reading it and looking at it, I took hours just to skim through the volume. In all, I am pleased with my purchase.
   Best Native Plant Book Overall
If you can only afford one book about native plants of the northeast, make it this. It comprises plants, shrubs, flowers, grasses and ferns. It lists lists for plants to attract butterflies, to draw birds, lists for sunny, dry spots, shade and so on. In short, it is a great, all-round guide for ecologically sound gardening in the northeast.
   Almost a complete guide for Connecticut area- very please
It has helped me greatly with I.D. ing plants around my city. I plan on spreading native trees to replace ones cut due to powerline hazards. This book has regional trees so that I can still do I.D. Non-native to CT ones, and it has a shrub category so that I can'; I.D. The almost-tree sized plants that are also useful for replacing the high trees. I wish that the book had leaf photos for each tree, but I can still use it well.