Series: Phyllis M. Faber Books
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: University of California Press (April 28, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #898,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #95 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > West #301 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Ornamental Plants #2018 in Books > Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Plants
I just finished reading this book and it was a delight! More than just a reference book, it is chock full of excellent information on origins, habitat, usage, reliability and much more. The suggestions and advice from Mr. Smith, who has been a plant enthusiast for so long, really hit the mark. The style is so friendly without a bit of condescension.There is nothing dry or distant about the book. It bursts with the excitment of discovery, knowledge and the adventure of plant hunting, growing and then selecting. If one is even a little bit curious about the amazing native plants of the west, this book is for you. It is a book to go back to again and again for suggestions and information.I read it over four cloudy days and couldn't wait to get outside and see for myself the beauty and wonder of our native plants.Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley
What really stands out in this book is the analysis for each plant species. Several varieties and hybrids of the species are listed and best location and cultural needs for each. In spite of all the technical information the book is an easy read.
This book has a lot of information on plants for Calif. I would have liked to see more on hardiness, deer, and fire resistance. but other wise this book has a lot going for it..
If you are a California native plant person, than you should have this book in your collection. Great information and pictures of what people do with native plants.
Probably a great book for someone who is a serious California gardener.... which I am not.
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