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RECOMMENDED BOOKS - Inter-Mountain West

 
   
 
 
   
     
 
 

Creating Landscapes for Wildlife...A Guide for Backyards in Utah
by Sue Nordstrom
Published by: the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A beautifully illustrated resource for those planting a yard from scratch or modifying an established yard, this booklet provides the in-depth information needed to define and then meet a clear set of wildlife gardening objectives. Develop an understanding of the wildlife and geographic and climatic regions of Utah, learn to analyze the conditions in your yard and develop a native plant landscape plan, and learn how to refine your wildlife garden over the years.

Available at: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Tel: 801.538.4700. Free, no shipping and handling.

 
     
 
 

Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A.
by Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski
Published by: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary

Selected by the American Horticulural Society as one of the top 75 gardening books of all time, this is a great resource for those interested in gardening in the dry regions of western Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, southern Nevada, or southern California. The book discusses how to approach native gardening and landscape design in these regions, and provides detailed descriptions and full-color pictures of a number of plants, as well as indigenous plant charts and a regional zone map.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes
by Judy Mielke
Published by: University of Texas Press

In simple enough language for the beginning gardner, with helpful information for the professional landscaper, Judy Mielke describes over 300 plants (trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, cacti, wildflowers, you name it) native to the desert regions of the southwestern U.S. Plant descriptions include soil, water, light, temperature, and pruning requirements, landscape design use, and color photographs. 310 pp.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Natural by Design: Beauty and Balance in Southwest Gardens
by Judith Phillips
Published by: Museum of New Mexico Press

Plant grower and landscape designer Phillips takes her readers on an illustrated tour of native gardens in a variety of southwestern ecosystems: upland forests, desert grasslands, riparian oases, arid city plots. Anyone interested in gardening and the environment in the dry regions of the intermountain West can appreciate Phillips' insights and advice on how to design a beautiful, low-maintenance garden of native and adaptive, water-conservative plants. 208 pp.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Plants for Natural Gardens
by Judith Phillips
Published by: Museum of New Mexico Press

A companion book to "Natural by Design," this book features over 200 photographs and profiles of plants native and adaptive to the southwestern U.S. Phillips includes an especially helpful section on effective plant combinations. 160 pp.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Plants of the Rocky Mountains
by Linda J. Kershaw, Jim Pojar, Paul Alaback
Published by: Lone Pine Publishing

An excellent and durable guidebook to all kinds of plants native to the Rocky Mountain chain, this book includes general plant descriptions and specific information on the leaves, flowers, fruits, and range of each plant. The colorful photos are clear and helpful.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.

 
     
 
 

Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants
by Judith Phillips
Published by: Museum of New Mexico Press

This guide to designing and maintaining a native garden in the southwest arid to sub-alpine regions includes specific instructions on plant propogation, sample garden designs with step-by-step instructions, a special section on propagating a southwestern meadow, and profiles of over 60 plants.

Available at: Your local bookstore, or Powells.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.