The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance by Greg RubinThe California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance by Greg Rubin

The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance

byGreg Rubin, Lucy Warren

Hardcover | March 5, 2013

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Water shortages and water rationing are commonplace throughout California, rendering expanses of lawn and thirsty, nonnative plants unsustainable. 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.

Greg Rubin is the owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, a recognized leader in the field of native plant design. Greg's business has been the subject of articles in Kiplinger's, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He regularly gives presentations on native plants to organizations throughout California.Lucy ...
Title:The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and BalanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.81 × 7.38 × 1.13 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Timber PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1604692324

ISBN - 13:9781604692327


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Introduction: A New Horticulture Welcome to a new world of horticulture in California. This book will give you an in-depth look into the exciting world of successful landscaping with California native plants. It challenges conventional wisdom about California natives by dispelling myths with practical information and instruction for success. It focuses on the horticulture that works for native plants by tossing traditional gardening methods out the window. Here you will find useful advice, including many plant suggestions, on how to easily emulate natural ecology in the landscape, rather than trying to force native plants to survive in an alien environment. The design principles go beyond plant color and texture to illustrate how to create a fundamental structural framework for the landscape. Using appropriate techniques and principles as described, you will be able to create native gardens that are beautiful year-round with low mortality and easy maintenance. Our experience and focus is in southern California, but the principles hold true throughout the state. If the practices we describe work well in our plant-stressing rainfall and climate conditions, they will only work better in the more forgiving climates of our northern counterparts. If the plant examples we cite are not appropriate for your area, you will find plants with similar characteristics that work. Think and buy local as much as you can—we would love to have native plant nurseries expand and thrive, giving us ever more wonderful selections.Why Use Native Plants? People are often shocked to find that none of the plants in their landscape are native to California (not even the weeds). Furthermore, non-native plants also dominate much of the landscape they are accustomed to seeing beyond the cities. In the past it was difficult to find even a single California native plant in most nurseries—so many different plants from all over the world seem to thrive so easily in our mild climate (with artificial life support) that people ask, “What’s the big deal? Why should I use natives?” Here are some things to consider.  

Editorial Reviews

“Not a rock goes unturned in [this book]. . . . They clearly explain—and spread—their passion for native landscapes.” —Los Angeles Times