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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.

Of Interest to Growers

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 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 exampels 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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