Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Book - 2006
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"This edition is a follow-up to BBG's 1996 handbook, Invasive Plants: Weeds of the Global Garden, which documented that almost half of the invasive plants degrading natural habitats ... were brought here intentionally for horticultural use. [This is] a companion volume featuring ecologically safe alternatives to these invasive plants in a comprehensive format for easy use by gardeners."--Publisher note.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781889538747
1889538744
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 635.951 Bur

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CircMary Jul 24, 2017

Native plants are a great solution to gardening problems, especially as our Michigan weather appears to be becoming dryer and hotter.
This book has some great ideas for trying something you perhaps have never thought of but will add a unique look to your garden.
It starts with the common garden plants and then gives you several native options to try.
I have found that the native plants are getting easier to find lately.
Fall is a great time to plant - give a native plant a try.

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JLMason
Feb 15, 2015

The book is written for plants in the USDA zones from the northern states to the sub-tropics in Florida. It recommends plants that are relevant to Canadian zones, but sometimes not native here so you need to be knowledgeable if you want to use it for selecting plants in Ottawa (see the OFNC's Fletcher Wildlife Garden web site for an excellent Ottawa native species list). On the positive side, for each invasive plant it provides one or more native plant alternatives and devotes a full page to each including a colour picture, USDA zone, ornamental attributes, and growing tips. The book covers trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants, and grasses.

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Apr 26, 2011

This book is American. Several of what are considered to be invasive plants grow surrounding our property, and have not "invaded" in the 20 years we have lived here. I think it may depend on the growing zone, and that it is too cold here, with our winters, for the information to be applicable. However, if you want a change from your neighbours, or in your own yard, some of these suggestions may be of help. Remember to check hardiness, first!

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