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Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens
Inspirational, practical, and easy to use, this book was created with the aim of conveying the awesome diversity and beauty of California's native plants and demonstrating how they can be brought into ecologically sound, attractive, workable, and artful gardens. Structured around major California plant communities—bluffs, redwoods, the Channel Islands, coastal scrub, grass ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by University of California Press
(first published May 5th 2007)
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This book made want to have a property in each of California's main climate regions so that I could landscape it with an appropriate regional garden. Most of all I want a giant estate in a hilly area, perhaps in Sonoma County or Paso Robles that I could design with an oak woodland in the style of Capability Brown. But fantasy aside, the book was also useful in focusing my thoughts on how I might redo my own modest yard in Pacific Palisades with California native plants. I think that I could be q ...more
The book presents a structured way of analyzing and designing a variety of gardens for California. The plants recommended are not exclusively California native plants. Many pictures - of plants, houses, landscapes, and design diagrams. "Places to Visit" chapter sections provide locations where the plants in that chapter can be seen. If you want landscape designs and plant lists suitable for California's signature plant communities, this is the book for you.
Great reference book, broken out by "plant communities," or regions of plants that grow together, such as grasslands, chaparral, coastal sage, etc... Includes some history, sample garden plan, plant lists, great descriptions of plants used, substitutions, and places to visit in that region.