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Botanical & Horticultural Sources

  • The Biota of North America (BONAP) has a North American Plant Atlas, which shows state- and county-level distribution of all vascular plant taxa found within the study area.
  • The USDA's Plants Database provides information on U.S. native and introduced plants. It's also a great starting point for finding other web resources about specific plants.
  • For detailed taxonomic and bibliographic information, try the Missouri Botanical Garden's Tropicos®
  • eFloras, with access to online floras worldwide.
  • Lady Byrd Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database
  • For cultivated plants, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Horticultural Database
  • For cultural information and descriptions on specific plants, search the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder.
  • Find your Plant Hardiness Zone and view the temperature ranges within each zone.

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Ideas and Info

Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development

  • For tons of info on a range of topics, try the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) site on green infrastructure. To join greenstream, an EPA listserv featuring updates on green infrastructure publications, training, and funding opportunities, send an email to join-greenstream@lists.epa.gov.
  • To see evaluations of performance and ways to show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions, go to the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Landscape Performance Series.
  • The Low Impact Development Center's Urban Design Tools site has guidance for local governments, planners, and engineers.
  • The American Society of Landscape Architects addresses shows examples of sustainable landscapes across the country in Designing for Future: Sustainable Landscapes.
  • Down-to-earth reasons for stormwater innovations in urban areas in this article.
  • The New Terrain website offers a cornucopia of resources on functional landscapes that are woven into the green infrastructure of urban and developed spaces.
  • Read about the connection between real estate value and green infrastructure in, "Harvesting the Value of Water," from the Urban Land Institute.
  • Research on the connection between green spaces and human health at the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana Landscape and Human Health Laboratory.


Grass Encyclopedias

  • The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, Rick Darke: Timber Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-88192-817-4
  • Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ornamental Grasses, Rick Darke: Timber Press, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0881926538

Using Grasses and Planting Design

  • Bold Romantic Gardens: The New World Landscape of Oehme and Van Sweden, James Van Sweden and Wolfgang Oehme, Spacemaker Press, 2003. ISBN: 1888931108
  • Designing with Plants, Piet Oudolf , Portland: Timber Press, 2000, ISBN: 0881924377
  • Gardening with Grasses, Micheal King and Piet Oudolf, Warnsweld: Terra Publishing Co., 1998. ISBN: 0881924113
  • Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design, Nancy J. Ondra, Storey Books, 2002. ISBN: 158017423X
  • Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life, Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury: The Monacelli Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1580934183
  • Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates: A Guide to Selection and Management, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota, 2012
  • Planting: A New Perspective, Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury, Timber Press, 2013, ISBN-10: 1604693703
  • The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, Roy Diblik, Timber Press 2014, ISBN-10: 1604693347

The Power of Plants

  • Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives, Evelyn J. Hadden: Timber Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1604692389
  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Douglas W. Tallamy: Timber Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0881929928
  • Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West: Timber Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1604695533
  • The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn, John Greenlee and Saxon Holt: Timber Press, 2009. ISBN: 0881928712
  • The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy: Timber Press, 2014. ISBN: 1604694084
  • Garden Revolution: How our landscapes can be a source of environmental change, Larry Weaner and Christopher Thomas, Timber Press, 2016, ISBN-10: 1604696168

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