Covering Texas and beyond, Plants of the Metroplex is the only Texas book available giving practical landscape advice from a landscape architect's point of view. Howard Garrett uses his years of experience as a gardener, landscape contractor, maintenance contractor, and landscape architect to give you clear-cut, money-saving advice on the proper selection, installation, and maintenance of landscape plant material for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond. Garrett also explains his organic approach, "The Natural Way," which gives gardeners greater success with lower costs and without the risks of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. All of this information has been revised and updated from Garrett's popular Plants of the Metroplex III. J. Howard Garrett has converted several commercial projects to organic programs. They include Frito-Lay National Headquarters in Plano, Johnson and Johnson Medical in Arlington, and Collin County Community College in Plano.
This is the first book I bought when I bought my first house. It is an awesome tool to guide those in the area in the right direction for a successful garden. Plant selection was a breeze. The book includes many native plants for the enjoyment of birds and butterflies. It even tells you what not to plant! "Plants of the Metroplex" can be very helpful to people everywhere as it includes the proper way to prepare beds and to plant trees as well. From the information in this book, my first yard was beautiful and easy to keep. Pest problems were minimal and easy to manage in a non-toxic manner. I was even more pleased when I found the author has a radio show giving organic gardening advice to listeners nationwide!
Lacking in Native plants, lacking in anything more than basic information, and says many great native plants are not worht planting, offers exotic choices that will not benifit local wildlife and might cause more issues later on.