Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses (Paperback)
The Essential Guide to Gardening and Landscaping with Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses
Acclaimed botanist and bestselling author William Cullina completes his authoritative three-part series on the native species of North America with Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses. As in his other titles--The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers and Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines--this user-friendly guide brings a fresh, engaging style to encouraging ecological gardening with native flora.
Cullina notes that these so-called "background" plants are overlooked in favor of bright, showy flowers, but reminds us that their rich tapestry of colors and textures offer a deep sensuous beauty of their own, adding extra dimension to any natural setting. The thorough discussion of the vital details necessary to cultivate each species includes their taxonomic and genetic data, optimal geographic ranges, soil needs, light and habitat requirements, and aesthetic considerations. Cullina helpfully notes the level of difficulty you can expect when growing and propagating these varieties, the threat of invasive species, and the effects that climate change could have.
More than a botanical reference book, Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses is beautifully illustrated with over 400-color photographs, and includes information detailing the conditions likely to allow each species to thrive. By highlighting lesser-sung species that give a garden true refinement and balance, Cullina takes environmentally-responsible native plant landscaping to a new level and provides an indispensable resource for any home or ornamental gardener's library.
Another indispensable tool in your potting shed will be Cullina's companion work Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines and The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada.