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Natural Landscaping: Designing With Native Plant Communities
by John Diekelmann and Robert M. Schuster, with Renee Graef
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Written by a landscape architect and an educator, this thorough text is a great resource for those who want to landscape with native plants and restore native communities, including wetlands. A profile of an ongoing restoration project around an old Wisconsin schoolhouse provides a fascinating example of the benefits of such restoration. 302 pp.

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The Natural Habitat Garden
by Ken Druse
Published by: Clarkson Potter

Homeowners, landscape professionals, or any gardener who is interested in the environment can benefit from this book about recreating natural habitat. Incorporating 500 color photos into his text, Druse surveys 35 native plant gardens from across the US, discusses how to recreate wildlife habitats, and provides planting advice, a source guide, and a suggested reading list.

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The Landscaping Revolution
by Andy Wasowski and Sally Wasowski (contributor)
Published by: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books

Two award-winning gardening experts use humor and common sense to make their case against traditional "good landscaping"practices. They also share advice on gardening with native plants, using natural alternatives to man-made chemicals, and making easy-to-maintain landscape designs. The book includes pictures and descriptions of native plants from around the US and a comprehensive list of native plant societies. A good coffee table book and an entertaining and informative read. 176 pp.

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Gardening with Native Wild Flowers
by Leonard E. Foote and Samuel B. Jones, Jr.
Published by: Timber Press

These two authors bring different points of view to the subject of native gardening, making this book useful to those wishing to create a natural meadow/woodlands landscape as well as to those in favor of a more traditionally controlled garden. It includes information on developing and maintaining a native wildflower garden, and on propagation, as well as sources for acquiring plants and a discussion of the meadow concept. Helpful both for identification and for gardening. 247 pp.

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The Wild Lawn Handbook
by Stevie Daniels
Published by: Hungry Minds, Inc.

Daniels presents the how and the why of replacing a turfgrass lawn with other plants. Her instructions on designing and maintaining prairie and native grass lawns, wildflower yards, meadows, moss lawns, woodlands, and front yard gardens are illustrated with inspiring photographs. 240 pp.

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Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards
by Sara B. Stein
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co.

Curious about native gardening? This book is a good place to start. It is a personal perspective on growing a garden in which native wildlife is welcome. In chapters that loosely follow the course of a year -- beginning in the fall and ending the following Thanksgiving -- the author describes how she came to radically change the way she gardened. 274 pp.

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Planting Noah's Garden: Further Adventures in Backyard Ecology
by Sara B. Stein
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co.

From the author of Noah's Garden comes this charmingly-written account of the people she met across the U.S. who were putting her recommendations into practice and restoring native habitats in their own backyards. Stein's entertaining prose is packed full of practical instructions for planning and maintaining a native garden: how to learn about the common flora of your region, handle group wholesale orders, kill invasive plants, collect and plant wild seeds, and plan a patio habitat, and more. 464 pp.

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100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for American Gardeners in Temperate Zones
by Lorraine Johnson
Published by: Firefly Books

A guide to 100 beautiful and low-maintenance northern native plants, including botannical name, height, sun/shade preference, soil requirements, moisture needed, habitat, description, propagation, companions, related species, and photographs. 160 pp.

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  Also consider the following helpful books  

The Native Plant Primer, by Carole Otteson. A comprehensive, region-by-region guide to selecting and maintaining regional species. Out of print: try your local bookstore, or,, or

Wild Neighbors: The Humane Approach to Living with Wildlife, by John Hadidian, Guy R. Hodge, and John W. Grandy.