Plant the proper trees and shrubs to nurture your local bees, butterflies, moths and birds with help from ESSENTIAL NATIVE TREES AND SHRUBS FOR THE EASTERN UNITED STATES: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape (Imagine, $35), by Tony Dove, who has managed public gardens on the East Coast for 50 years, and Ginger Woolridge, a Maryland-based garden designer. This is an authoritative catalog, organized by a range of categories: those that have attractive bark or are evergreen, those that have showy flowers or are wind, salt or drought tolerant.
—The New York Times Book Review
From its drawings demonstrating each primary plant’s height compared to a human, to up-close photos of bark and foliage, the book is designed to quickly communicate the key landscape properties of Eastern trees and shrubs. Texture, form, color, and use are all addressed efficiently. A good guide must be knowledgeable and easy to use; this book is both. The authors do a great job of incorporating key elements of landscaping with natives, and it is conveyed in a way that is effortless for the reader.
—Native Plants Journal
Overall, this is a very good book to have, a good read. It belongs in your collection.
• How to Use This Book
• Part 1
Site Conditions and Plant Attributes
• Part II
Primary Trees and Shrubs
Select plant profiles. Each entry has aesthetic and cultural information, companion plants, wildlife interest and, where appropriate, selected varieties.
• Part III
A list of native plants with desirable landscape features but limitations that may outweigh their desirable traits.
• About the Authors
• Photography and Illustration Credits