The Midwest native plant primer 225 plants for an earth-friendly garden

Alan Branhagen

Book - 2020

A native plant is defined as one that grew wild in a particular area prior to settlement by Europeans. If you live in the Midwest, choosing plants native to the region will benefit you, your yard, and the environment by reducing maintenance tasks, and attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. Branhagen inspires readers to include native plants in their home gardens and landscapes.

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Published
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press 2020.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Map on back cover indicates that the book covers all or parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Physical Description
253 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781604699920
1604699922
Main Author
Alan Branhagen (author)
  • Introduction
  • The Midwest spirit of place
  • Selecting native plants
  • Designing with native plants
  • Garden-worthy Midwest native plants
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Groundcovers
  • Perennials and vines
  • Hardiness and heat zone charts.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gardeners all over are embracing the plants that have been growing in their region for millennia, including some that might once have been viewed as too wild for home landscaping. Branhagen (Native Plants of the Midwest, 2016) defines native plants as those that grew in North America before settlers invaded, ruling out any that were introduced or naturalized from elsewhere. Climate change, human intervention, and other factors may alter the boundaries of where a particular native plant grows, but those included here are likely to find a hospitable home somewhere in the Midwest and to support the fauna living there. The introductory sections provide a solid overview to making a successful garden, and entries describe trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, and vines, including details of shape, size, growing habit, interest to birds, bees, and/or butterflies, sun or shade requirements, and hardiness. This guide includes over 200 plants but the concise descriptions and ample color photographs make it approachable and likely to be useful to a wide range of gardeners. The index includes both common and scientific names. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

More homeowners than ever before are adding native plants to their gardens. This book shares the best plant choices for the Midwest and details how gardeners can grow them successfully.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Bring your garden to life—and life to your garden! Do you want a garden that makes a real difference? Choose plants native to our Midwest region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment—from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. Native plant expert Alan Branhagen makes adding these superstar plants easier than ever before, with proven advice that every home gardener can follow. This incomparable sourcebook includes 225 recommended native ferns, grasses, wildflowers, perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees. It’s everything you need to know to create a beautiful and beneficial garden. This must-have handbook is for gardeners in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.