This is an excellent book for serious gardeners wanting to bring life to their gardens. The plant listings do not have pictures and are listed alphabetically by botanic name in each category. Some plants are difficult to find nursery wise, even if they are native. But I have found that the nurseries will look into carrying something new/old if enough people ask for it.
I used to live in MN, but have moved to TX. It would be nice to have such a quick reference for the different parts of TX. My copy of this book was falling apart by the time we moved last year - so I kept it - who knows, perhaps I will have need of it again?
I'd refer to this as my Torah/Bible of wildlife landscaping. This publication is one that I could not live without. I understand it is being reprinted this fall and should be available within a few months.
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"A practical guide for natural landscaping techniques, January 28, 1997
Reviewer: A reader
This is an excellent guide, reference, and resource book for anyone in the midwest who's interested in natural landscaping or planning landscapes to support wildlife. Everything about the book is aimed at being both practical and comprehensive. The book is spiral-bound for ease of use; this suggests cheapness, but the excellent color photos and illustrations belies this impression. The first half of the book fills the role of a guidebook. Its 64 pages address the benefits and principles of landscaping for wildlife; habitat components; and how to landscape small and medium yards, farms (e.g., windbreaks), and wood lots. This is followed by a long and useful list (119 entries) of litarature cited. The list is a great resource for locating additional material. Sixteen Appendixes comprise the second half (56 pages) of the book, and form a mini-reference library that would alone have been worth the price of the book. The most useful appendix provides a tabulation of plants for use in landscaping. It specifies plant type (16 categories), wildlife value (10 categories), landscape uses (29 categories), number of wildlife species documented as using the plant, plant characteristics (12 categories), and other information about growth requirements and plant size. Furthermore, the tables are divided into eight groups of plant types such as conifers; butterfly, bee, and moth plants; nut and acorn plants; and winter plants. As if this weren't enough, four appendixes contain designs for various simple construction projects, four contain additional wildlife information, and the rest contain a collection of other useful topics. In summary, if you live in the midwest, and have any interest in natural landscaping on any scale, or any interest in the needs and preferences of our flying and furry friends with any number of legs, this book is a must-have. The quality is excellent, the contents are comprehensive and practical, it's easy to use, and the price is right."