Since my post last week, I’ve learned of some more books of interest to native plant enthusiasts.
- Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden Alan Branhagen “recently published a book on the flora of a region which stretches more than a thousand miles from below North America’s evergreen northern woods to above the southern swamps and pine lands. In the introduction of Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden, he writes, ‘No place else on earth has such an extreme continental climate, yet it is a place filled with plants of every size and in every hue.'” (KC Gardens)
- Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Authors Thomas Rainer and Claudia West “advocate crafting communities of compatible species that will cover the ground in interlocking layers. This approach applies broadly, to everything from water features to rooftops and vast acreages to urban backyards. Using detailed examples and simple graphics, Rainer and West make a convincing case for rethinking our relationship to plant design.” (Architectural Digest)
- Garden Revolution How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change This book by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher is “written from the perspective of the eastern half of the USA, dealing almost entirely with natives. Probably relevant as far west as the Great Plains in Kansas, the rest of us need to read it in a different way. Which we can do, as there is actually very little in the text that is specific only to the author’s region.” (Gardens Illustrated) Instead it is a practical guide to incorporating and layering plants into communities to recreate an environment filled with natural systems within our industrialized and urban world.