The Midwestern Native Garden

The Midwestern Native Garden

Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants : An Illustrated Guide

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Winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award, presented by the National Garden Clubs.

Midwestern gardeners and landscapers are becoming increasingly attracted to noninvasive regional native wildflowers and plants over popular nonnative species. The Midwestern Native Garden offers viable alternatives to both amateurs and professionals, whether they are considering adding a few native plants or intending to go native all the way. Native plants improve air and water quality, reduce use of pesticides, and provide vital food and reproductive sites to birds and butterflies, that nonnative plants cannot offer, helping bring back a healthy ecosystem.

The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native alternatives that look similar or even identical to a range of nonnative ornamentals. These are native plants that are suitable for all garden styles, bloom during the same season, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Plant entries are accompanied by nature notes setting out the specific birds and butterflies the native plants attract.

The Midwestern Native Garden will be a welcome guide to gardeners whose styles range from formal to naturalistic but who want to create an authentic sense of place, with regional natives. The beauty, hardiness, and easy maintenance of native Midwestern plants will soon make them the new favorites.



The Midwestern Native Garden offers Midwestern gardeners and landscapers—amateurs and professionals—a comprehensive selection of noninvasive regional native wildflowers and plants to replace or complement popular nonnative species.


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After noting that gardening with wildflowers is a growing environmentally-conscious trend, the coauthors of Prairie Directory of North America list native alternatives to nonnative plants. For example, they recommend planting butterfly milkweed and orange coneflowers instead of orange daylilies that are naturalized/invasive in the Midwest. The guide includes color photographs; information on John Bartram, the "father of American botany"; a glossary; bibliography, and resources. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Winner of the 2012 Helen Hull Award, presented by the National Garden Clubs.

Midwestern gardeners and landscapers are becoming increasingly attracted to noninvasive regional native wildflowers and plants over popular nonnative species. The Midwestern Native Garden offers viable alternatives to both amateurs and professionals, whether they are considering adding a few native plants or intending to go native all the way. Native plants improve air and water quality, reduce use of pesticides, and provide vital food and reproductive sites to birds and butterflies, that nonnative plants cannot offer, helping bring back a healthy ecosystem.

The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native alternatives that look similar or even identical to a range of nonnative ornamentals. These are native plants that are suitable for all garden styles, bloom during the same season, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Plant entries are accompanied by nature notes setting out the specific birds and butterflies the native plants attract.

The Midwestern Native Garden will be a welcome guide to gardeners whose styles range from formal to naturalistic but who want to create an authentic sense of place, with regional natives. The beauty, hardiness, and easy maintenance of native Midwestern plants will soon make them the new favorites.



Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780821419373
0821419374
Branch Call Number: 635.95 Adelman 2011
Characteristics: 268 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Bernard L. 1933-

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Feb 27, 2018

As per the title, recommends various native alternative plants for common non-native. A useful starting point though best to do more in depth research regarding conditions in which each native will best thrive (acid, alkaline etc). Tips on type insects (or sometimes birds) that depend on the various plants. Fun to flip through. Again, just a starting point if you want to do a good job choosing the right plants for your conditions.

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