Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Paperback - 2006
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The biggest enemy of any garden is not a pest, disease, or poison--it's any plant with tougher survival skills than the plants it competes with. The best way to weed out the invaders is with this fiendishly clever guide to native plants that can seek and destroy the top 100 most unwelcome perennials, grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees. While replacing the invaders, the beautiful, hardy native plants described here also attract native birds and butterflies, while turning away their own enemy invaders. Word-and-picture guides provide tips on care and maintenance, while helpful at a glance boxes depict shapes, sizes, best locations, and most attractive features of each native alternative.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, c2006.
ISBN: 9781889538747
Branch Call Number: 635.95173
Characteristics: 239 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 23 cm.


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CircMary Jul 24, 2017

Native plants are a great solution to gardening problems, especially as our Michigan weather appears to be becoming dryer and hotter.
This book has some great ideas for trying something you perhaps have never thought of but will add a unique look to your garden.
It starts with the common garden plants and then gives you several native options to try.
I have found that the native plants are getting easier to find lately.
Fall is a great time to plant - give a native plant a try.

Feb 15, 2015

The book is written for plants in the USDA zones from the northern states to the sub-tropics in Florida. It recommends plants that are relevant to Canadian zones, but sometimes not native here so you need to be knowledgeable if you want to use it for selecting plants in Ottawa (see the OFNC's Fletcher Wildlife Garden web site for an excellent Ottawa native species list). On the positive side, for each invasive plant it provides one or more native plant alternatives and devotes a full page to each including a colour picture, USDA zone, ornamental attributes, and growing tips. The book covers trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants, and grasses.

Apr 26, 2011

This book is American. Several of what are considered to be invasive plants grow surrounding our property, and have not "invaded" in the 20 years we have lived here. I think it may depend on the growing zone, and that it is too cold here, with our winters, for the information to be applicable. However, if you want a change from your neighbours, or in your own yard, some of these suggestions may be of help. Remember to check hardiness, first!


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