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100 easy-to-grow native plants for American gardens in temperate zones
Johnson, Lorraine, 1960-
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Firefly Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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SB439.26 C3 J628 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB439.26 C3 J628 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB439.26 C3 J628 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening
SB439.26 C3 J628 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB439.26.C3 J628 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB439.26 C3 J628 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A quick reference to choosing and cultivating native plants.

Native plants are the hardy results of natural selection. Evolving over thousands of years, they thrive and flourish in their regional habitats. Whatever your conditions -- shady, sunny, or in between -- and whatever your style -- formal, informal or a mix -- there are wonderful native plants to help you achieve your gardening goals.

With her characteristic wit and down-to-earth perspective, Lorraine Johnson has written a fail-safe guide to 100 beautiful and low maintenance native plants in the northern regions of the United States. 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants offers:

handy profiles of each native plant creative suggestions for pairing plants propagation and cultivation tips full color plant charts by region, habitat and conditions

Get growing with 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants -- it couldn't be simpler.

Author Notes

Lorraine Johnson is a director of the Canadian Wildflower Society and the author of several books on gardening and environmental issues, including Grow Wild! Low Maintenance, Sure Success, Distinctive Gardening with Native Plants and Green Future: How to Make a World of Difference . She has a regular column and has contributed to numerous programs on radio and television. She lives in Toronto.

Andrew Leyerle 's photographs have appeared in many books and magazines.

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Booklist Review

Johnson defines native plants as those that grew here before European settlement, that is, native to various regions of North America. And by "easy-to-grow," she means plants that require very little maintenance, such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, pruning, etc. The common and botanical name, height, and blooming period of each plant is given, along with its soil, sun, shade, and moisture requirements. Other data includes each plant's native habitat and range (Northeast, prairies, or Northwest), description, propagation, good companions, and related species. Such familiar plants as bee balm, black-eyed Susan, Christmas fern, creeping phlox, Jacob's ladder, purple coneflower, and Virginia bluebells are listed. Each listing includes an attractive color photograph by Andrew Leyerle. There are also 12 plant charts in color, organized by region, habitat, and conditions. Replete with useful ideas and information. --George Cohen



Foreword to the New Edition In the years since the first edition of this book was published, interest in native plants has grown exponentially. When I give talks and slide shows, it seems that almost everyone in the audience has at least some native plants in their gardens. Cruising the aisles at nurseries, I notice that many now have sections devoted to native plants. And every year, the number of non-profit organizations that include native plant education as part of their mandate increases. I think that the roots of this interest can be found in the yearning many of us feel for a better, more environmentally sane world. We might feel relatively powerless in the face of global environmental problems, but in the purview of our gardens -- the tiny bits of land we steward -- we can make a positive difference, creating small places of beauty and ecosystem health. While we no doubt need more powerful tools to effect change on a large scale (climate change and endangered species and spaces come to mind), I'm convinced that a simple trowel is a grand place to start the necessary (and, in moments of hope, I think inevitable) transformation of our culture from nature dominance to nature partnership. Dig in -- the roots of change need to be anchored deep ... Much of the species information in this edition remains the same as in the first edition, as does the section on propagation. The nursery listings have been changed and updated. There are a number of references in the introduction to my own backyard garden. I have not changed this text, but I have moved since I wrote this book. My new, relatively small, downtown garden (all lawn when we first moved in a couple of years ago) offers endless opportunities for experimentation -- thirty new trees and counting, a small meadow that will get shadier with each year, eventually turning (returning, really) to woodland, a shrub garden out front for the birds, a fern and sedge garden for my partner, and a profound lesson in time and transformation for me ... Excerpted from 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants: For American Gardens in Temperate Zones by Lorraine Johnson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

List of Entries
How to Use This Book
What is a Native Plant?
100 East-to-Grow Native Plants
Barren strawberry
Bee balm
Big bluestem
Black-eyed Susan
Black snakeroot
Blue vervain
Bottlebrush grass
Bottle gentian
Broad-leaved shooting star
Broad-leaved stonecrop
Butterfly weed
Canada anemone
Canada mayflower
Canada milk vetch
Canada wild rye
Cardinal flower
Christmas fern
Coastal strawberry
Compass plant
Creeping phlox
Culver's root
Cup plant
Cut-leaved toothwort
Deer fern
Dutchman's breeches
Evening primrose
False Solomon's seal
False sunflower
Fancy wood fern
Flowering spurge
Foxglove beardtongue
Giant hyssop
Golden alexanders
Golden ragwort
Great lobelia
Indian grass
Inside-out flower
Jacob's ladder
Lance-leaved coreopsis
Large-flowered bellwort
Maidenhair fern
Michigan lily
New England aster
New York fern
New York ironweed
Nodding wild onion
Obedient plant
Oregon iris
Oregon sunshine
Pasque flower
Polypody fern
Purple coneflower
Purple prairie clover
Queen of the prairie
Rattlesnake master
Red baneberry
Rough blazing star
Satin flower
Sensitive fern
Sharp-lobed hepatica
Showy tick trefoil
Skunk cabbage
Small-flowered alumroot
Solomon's seal
Spotted Joe-pye weed
Spring beauty
Stiff goldenrod
Swamp milkweed
Sword fern
Trout lily
Vanilla leaf
Virginia bluebells
Virginia creepers
Virginia mountain mist
Virginia waterleaf
Virgin's bower
Western bleeding heart
Western trillium
White fawn lily
White wood aster
Wild bergamot
Wild columbine
Wild geranium
Wild ginger
Wild lupine
Wild quinine
Wild senna
Wood poppy
Wood sorrel
Yellow coneflower
Zig Zag goldenrod
Ethical Gardener's Guidelines
Plants for Specific Conditions: Quick Reference Charts
Plants for Woodland Habitat
Plants for Meadow Habitat
Plants for Prairie Habitat
Plants for Northwest Region
Drought-Tolerant Plants
Plants that Tolerate Dry Soil in Shade or Partial Shade
Plants for Acidic Soil
Plants for Deep Shade
Plants for Moist Areas
Plants that Attract Butterflies
Native Plant Nurseries
Index of Plants by Botanical Name