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The Southeast Native Plant Primer

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A great books that helped me to improve my gardening knowledge and discover new plants.
It's well written and informative, an excellent read for anyone who loves gardening.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Perfect timing.  I moved to the SW in February from a lifetime lived on the East Coast. I had checked out another field guide from our library but its well worn.  I order a copy of this to replace it.
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The Southeast Native Plant Primer is a gardening guide with herbal encyclopedia covering a plethora of indigenous plant species for gardeners in the southeastern USA. Due out 4th August 2020 from Timber Press, it's 252 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

As we learn more about the interconnectedness of local biomes and the desirability of supporting indigenous pollinators, plant, and animal species, more gardeners are moving to reduce or eliminate potentially invasive species and substitute with native species. This is a regional guide aimed at the southeastern USA and includes a huge variety of native plant species and their niche in the garden.

I liked the layout of the book which was very well organized and easy to follow. The introduction provides a good overview of native plants, why they're desirable for habitat and food for local species, how the choice of these species for our gardens actually benefits us as gardeners (less maintenance, suited to the climate and growing conditions already, hardiness), and more.

The plant primer takes up the majority of the page content and is split into plant types: Ferns, grasses, woodland wildflowers, sunny perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees. Each of the primer entries contains the botanical and some common names for the plant, habitat/soil conditions and culture requirements, active growing seasons and other special info, size, light requirements, a good description, and a clear picture. There are 225 species contained, enough to provide lots of alternatives for almost any garden role.The end of the book contains appendices which include a hardiness and climate chart, bibliography, good resources list, and index.

This is one of the better regional gardening guides which I've reviewed. Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This book covers plants in the Southeast American states (Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida). This book is great to find out what is native to those states for garden information. There are abundance of beautiful pictures of plants in the book. This book also shows what plant will help feed and protect native animals. It also gives information of what season the plant grows, how tall, and where to plant it. If you are interested in the scientific name of plants, it also tells that. This book is the most informative book about plants. I would recommend this book whole heartily. Are you homeschooling? This book will be great for a plant unit study or a state book project. I hope they will make one for every region in the United States. This book is five star.
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If there ever was a time rethink our landscaping and plant native it's now. If you walk into a box store nursery I can tell you the majority of the plants there are not native, I know I worked in one for a few years. The basic landscapers you hire to landscape your yard will not plant native unless you ask them to and give them a list of native plants that work best for your garden.  I had an argument with a botanist one day about nandinas she said they were native from Tennessee and I said no, they are not, they are from Asia. Needless to say, I couldn’t convince her so I moved on. 

I believe over the years we have brought over so many plants from different worlds that we truly believe all plants are native, I know because I have thought every plant in the stores or nursery were all native, but they are not. I had to dig for myself to find out what is native and what is not by using books such as this one. The most important thing is we don’t realize is by taking away our native plants we are taking away our native bees, butterflies, birds.  

I have been on a mission to rid my 1970’s nandina landscaping and planting native plants so I can create native habitat for my vesting birds, bees, etc so when this book popped up on Netgalley I just had to check it out.
This book is very simple to use and I love the bees, butterflies, or birds icon on each plant, it’s so helpful to someone looking to expand whichever species they want. You get beautiful clear images and enough detail on each plant, so you can pick out the plant that will work best for your garden.  The book covers what is a native plant, garden as a habitat, and more.
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The Southeast Native Plant Primer, 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden by Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross, Photographs by Will Stuart.

Learn how to garden with native plants for those who live in the Southeast. A valuable investment that provides both the experienced and novice gardener information about establishing wildlife habitats for the three Bs (birds, butterflies, and bees) in backyard gardens. These animals rely on native insects and/or native vegetation. An added benefit, unlike exotics, native plants require much less work to upkeep. A win-win for this gardener! Definitely, a 5-star book.
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This is a great book for plant identification, I am in southwestern Ontario and I recognize all the plants listed. This only identifies the plats that you want to keep in your garden not the weeds, that would have helped me out.
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The photography was lovely. I felt connected to each plant as I read through. Also feeling motivated to get near some trees especially.
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Living in Florida with our hot wet summers and dry springs it is not always easy to figure out what to plant and when. This book gives you so many options it is hard to decide which way to go. This book is for Native plants, not Lowe's or other garden center's  plants. It tells you about each plant, what they are good for, when to plant, how to plant, and even what plants to stay away from. The photography in the book is stunning. There are photo's of the plants, and photo's of different garden areas featuring some of the plants. This is a very useful, informative and beautiful book for the home gardener, especially if you want to keep it native. 

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Fantastic book! Beautiful photos and lots of tips and explanations about a wide variety of plants native to the southeast and how they're beneficial to birds. Everybody that is planning on having a garden should check this out. I like that there's a photo of each plant and informations about its size, best season and what type of environment it likes best. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
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This is a wonderful book. It's packed with information and tips for growing plants that are native to southeast. It is easy to understand and also tells how planting native plants are beneficial to birds. This is a book every gardener should have in their library. Thank you Timber Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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This is a fantastic regional guide for gardeners and homeowners in the Southeast U.S. It gives descriptions and information on over 200 vines, shrubs, ferns, woodland flowers, full sun flowers and other native plants with beautiful full-color photos for each. They are divided by sections and include icons to easily let you know if they are good for beneficial insects, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. There are also many helpful lists of native plants that are good for special situations like "hell strips" (the section by roads with bad dirt, low water, etc.), deer-prone areas, and much more.

The book goes into great detail about why native plants matter on all different counts. It also is a great resource for bird lovers who are finally realizing that if we want to keep birds from going extinct we must start planting food for their primary food source -- caterpillars -- that they especially need to feed their young. The tone is also helpful and friendly.

Beautiful photos also show how native plants enhance a wide variety of homes and gardens. My one complaint is that they rarely mention edibility or other uses even when they profile plants that I know are very helpful for food and/or medicine. I know this is a case of teaching only what you know well and also beyond the scope of the book, but another aspect of sustainability as homeowners and gardeners is that we can meet so many of our own needs with native plants too. I often felt when reading this book the way I feel when I see someone talked about publicly when I know their secrets. I understand the reasons, but I would love to see a book that told all of the ways plants help wildlife and people.

Garden zones are also not given, but that's because this book is for a specific region and all plants mentioned should work well in the appropriate areas of that region as long as you pay attention to their advice regarding sun, water, etc.

All that said, this is a fantastic resource. Highly recommended.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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When life turns on its end and you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed,  superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

More homeowners than ever before are adding native plants to their gardens because they are drawn to their amazing benefits. These superstar plants attract pollinator insects and hummingbirds, provide vital food for native birds and other wildlife, and better withstand the warmer weather of the region. In The Southeast Native Plant Primer, garden experts Larry Mellichamp, Will Stuart, and Paula Gross share the best plant choices for the Southeast and detail how gardeners can grow them successfully. Introductory chapters cover plant selection, design suggestions, and the benefits of choosing native plants. 

The bulk of the book is 225 plant entries that detail everything a gardener needs to successfully grow these important garden additions. This beginner-friendly, accessible guide is for home gardeners in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

If you love gardening and plants and beautiful backyards, t his is the book for you to read!!  Part of a series, this will help you if you live in the above-mentioned states. The photos are gorgeous and advice is smart and I enjoyed reading about the places I visit and enjoy the gardens of. (I am in a totally different USDA climate zone than the 7 & 8 that this book covers.

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube  Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🌸🌺🌹🌷🌼
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