Designing Gardens With Flora of the American East
Cover & Overview
Author: Carolyn Summers
Illustrations: Michele Hertz
Rutgers University Press
About the Book
The beautifully illustrated Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East approaches landscape design from an ecological perspective encouraging professional designers and backyard enthusiasts alike to intensify their use of indigenous or native plants. These plants, ones that grow naturally in the same place in which they evolved, form the basis of the food web. Wildlife simply cannot continue to survive without them—nor can we.
Carolyn Summers introduces our wild flora into designs for common garden landscapes, such as foundation plantings, mixed borders, even formal knot gardens. Emphasizing the importance of indigenous plant gardening and landscape design, she provides guidelines for beginning gardeners as well as experienced designers.
- In-depth scientific, coherent argument for the necessity of using indigenous plants in cultivated landscapes
- Concrete design guidance – including actual designs coupled with trees, shrubs, ground covers, and other showy substitutes for invasive plants
- Best practices and examples on how to use exotic plants responsibly including:
– Controlling plant reproduction
– Choosing cultivars and hybrids
– Explore the joys of “safe sex in the garden”
- Practical issues of finding and purchasing native plants
Gardeners are endowed with love for a hobby that has profound potential for positive change. Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East lays the “gardenwork”— for by preserving natural areas through the thoughtful planting of indigenous plants, we may bask in the knowledge that it is possible to have loads of fun at the same time we are growing a better world!