Native Plants for the Short Season Yard: Best Picks for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones

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Brush Education, Mar 21, 2016 - Gardening - 272 pages

This is the definitive guide to gardening with native plants on the prairies. Gardening with native plants has lots of advantages, not only for your yard, but also for the ecosystem. What could be better than a beautiful, low-maintenance yard that preserves biodiversity and withstands the prairie climate? Native Plants for the Short Season Yard is the key for western Canadian gardeners wanting to unlock the full potential of native plants.

With the wit and wisdom his fans love, Lyndon shares the basics of shopping for, propagating, and designing with native plants. He also shines a light on more than 100 of his favourite native plants, along with tips on how to grow them. Topics include:

How to ethically and responsibly grow native plants from seeds and cuttings. Identifying the best plants for sunny, shady, wet, or dry spots in your yard. The plants best left to wild spaces and those you should avoid at all costs. Advice from gardening experts who share their secrets and successes with native plants. Protecting your garden with natural alternatives to herbicides and pesticides.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
SECTION ONE The Practical Bits
4
1 The basics
5
2 Why cant I find this plant at a nursery?
15
3 Propagating native plants
31
4 Designing with native plants
45
SECTION TWO Native Prairie Plants
56
5 Plants for open sunny spaces
57
SECTION THREE Potential Threats to Native Plants
174
7 Invasive and introduced species
175
8 Human interventions
189
9 How can you help?
203
SECTION FOUR Many Voices People Using Native Plants Across the Prairies
210
10 The interviews
211
SECTION FIVE The Section with Lists
228
11 What is on your list?
229

6 Plants for partial to full shade
147

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About the author (2016)

Popular radio gardening columnist, horticultural consultant, and professional landscape designer Lyndon Penner has been gardening since the age of three. He appears frequently as a guest speaker at universities, colleges, and gardening associations in western Canada. He is also the author of The Chinook Short Season Yard, The Prairie Short Season Yard, and Garden Design for the Short Season Yard.

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