Paper, 352 pp., $29.95
Readers who live in the high-elevation Western region of the U.S. will find this a useful guide to native plants for the home garden. Horticulturist Jan Busco is a recognized authority on the subject, and fellow author, Nancy Morin, an editor for Flora of North America for 25 years, has extensive knowledge of the native flora. The 150 plants recommended in the text have been tested by the staff of the arboretum in Flagstaff, Arizona, so gardeners can be assured that they will endure the area’s weather extremes and water shortages. The authors forecast that gardeners who plant these native beauties will find great joy in them, for they are “linked with this sense of place.” The authors review the issues of planting and maintaining a native plant garden, prior to describing 150 desirable species. These profiles include information about individual characteristics, native range and season of bloom, outstanding features, culture, and landscape uses plus a color photograph as illustration.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden