Gardening with Native Wildflowers by Samuel B. Jones Jr., Leonard E. Foote

By Samuel B. Jones Jr., Leonard E. Foote

Gardening with local Wild vegetation The authors introduce the reader to the panorama possiblities of crops often neglected, or these wrongly thought of to be universal and hence unintersting. Gardeners from simply east of the nice Plains to the Atlantic will locate designated info on which vegetation to take advantage of and the way to take advantage of them. There are large plant lists for either shady and sunny backyard spots and for boggy websites, in addition to chapters on local groundcovers; ferns and fern allies; and grasses, sedges, and rushes. those are complemented via over two hundred colour pictures to create a gorgeous and convenient advisor.

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Before reworking a wild flower garden, it is time again to plan improvements in the design, rework the soil, change widths of the beds, make new arrangements of plants, and add new species. The design and plan must be updated periodically. Notes and photographs are helpful to understand the changes as a garden goes through the seasons. This never ending change is one of the things that make gardening particularly interesting and challenging. Page 18 How to Develop a Plan Many of us have yearned to have a garden using native wild flowers but have felt some degree of insecurity about our abilities to make one.

Join a local or state botanical club and visit gardens which feature native plants. Learn to identify wild flowers, where they grow, their growth requirements, when they bloom, and when they mature seed. For many species, the best clues for success are right at hand. The practiced eye can observe the native plant in its natural setting, which is not the case with exotics from some distant corner of the earth. Thus the environmental conditions which best suit that species are immediately obvious.

We appreciate the editorial assistance and the thoughtful suggestions for direction and emphasis we received from Richard Abel. Other members of the Timber press staff made the steps from manuscript to published volume most congenial: their artistic creativity has been invaluable. We are grateful for the help and companionship of our wives, Carleen Jones and Grace Foote, who helped with field collections, photograph selection, editorial suggestions and proof reading. Carleen has largely been responsible for development of their display garden at Piccadilly Farm in Bishop, Georgia, where many native wildflowers and ferns are grown.

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