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The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balanceby Greg Rubin
Synopses & Reviews
Water shortages and water rationing are commonplace throughout California, rendering expanses of lawn and thirsty, nonnative plants unsustainable. Unfortunately, these remain the most popular choices for homeowners for two main reasons: the misconception that native plants are more difficult and the false assumption that exotic plants are more beautiful than their native counterparts.
The California Native Landscape addresses both concerns by showing homeowners how to succeed with natives and showing them how lush, colorful, and thriving their landscape can be. The authors stress the importance of smart garden design and combining the right plants to promote the natural symbiosis that occurs within plant communities. Native plants also play an important role in creating fire-resistant landscapes, and this new book has cutting-edge information on this crucial topic, refuting the myth that natives are more fire-prone than nonnatives.
With its unique combination of proven techniques, environmental wisdom, and inspiring design advice, this is an essential resource for all California gardeners who want to create a beautiful, ecologically appropriate, and resource-conserving home landscape.
About the Author
Lucy Warren is a longtime regional garden writer in Southern California. She has written for many local and national publications, including a regular gardening column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has also been editor for California Garden magazine. She is a life member of the San Diego Horticultural Society and serves on the board of the Pacific Horticulture Society.
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