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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2nd Floor 635.95177/Branhagen Due May 6, 2024
2nd Floor 635.95177/Branhagen Due May 11, 2024
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press 2020.
Main Author
Alan Branhagen (author)
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
  • 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
  • Useful Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Photo Credits
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

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.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.