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The Nature of Plants - An Introduction to How Plants Work (Paperback): Craig N Huegel The Nature of Plants - An Introduction to How Plants Work (Paperback)
Craig N Huegel
R466 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R93 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Plants play a critical role in how we experience our environment. They create calming green spaces, provide oxygen for us to breathe, and nourish our senses. In The Nature of Plants, ecologist and nursery owner Craig Huegel demystifies the complex lives of plants and provides readers with an extensive tour into their workings. Beginning with the importance of light, water, and soil, Huegel describes the process of photosynthesis and how best to position plants to receive optimal sunlight. He explains why plants suffer from overwatering, what essential elements plants need to flourish, and what important soil organisms reside with them. Readers will understand the difference between friendly and hostile bacteria, fungi, and insects. Sections on plant structure and reproduction focus in detail on major plant organs?roots, stems, and leaves?and cover flowering, pollination, fruit development, and seed germination. Huegel even delves into the mysterious world of plant communication, exploring the messages conveyed to animals or other plants through chemical scents and hormones. With color illustrations, photographs, and real-life examples from his own gardening experiences, Huegel equips budding botanists, ecologists, and even the most novice gardeners with knowledge that will help them understand and foster plants of all types.

Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes (Paperback): Craig N Huegel Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes (Paperback)
Craig N Huegel
R458 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R43 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

One of the more frustrating aspects of gardening is trying to find the proper plants for shady areas. even more difficult is creating these areas where they don't already exist. Although shade is especially important in the Sunshine State, given its tropical climate, there has been little written about how to garden for it effectively so that the end result is varied, attractive, and ecologically vibrant. Craig Huegel fills that gap with Native Florida Plants for Shady Landscapes. Huegel carefully outlines the necessary but easy-to-follow steps of either adding plants to an existing yard or designing cool spaces from scratch. He discusses the many variables and complexities of shade gardening in Florida, exploring options for canopy, shrubs, and a variety of colorful annuals and perennials that can tolerate even the darkest of areas.

Native Plant Landscaping For Florida Wildlife (Paperback): Craig N Huegel Native Plant Landscaping For Florida Wildlife (Paperback)
Craig N Huegel
R465 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R43 (9%) Special order

Simple steps to bring birds and other wildlife into your yard"Native plant enthusiasts wishing to increase wildlife in their home landscapes will find this book filled with valuable information.""--"Richard P. Wunderlin, author of "Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida""Huegel has combined personal passion with extensive experience in this well-written, easy-to-use guide for transforming our gardens into havens for wildlife. Conversational, entertaining, and helpful, no native plant enthusiast should be without it.""--"Gil Nelson, author of"Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants"Floridians share their state with a wide and unique array of wildlife. Unfortunately, commercially developed subdivisions and landscapes often do not provide welcoming habitats for the majority of the native fauna. Attract wildlife back to your yard with this clear, practical guide. Ecologist and consultant Craig Huegel draws on his considerable experience as both a gardener and a professional wildlife biologist to explain how anyone can easily create an attractive landscape plan that is also an inviting habitat for wild animals. He provides specific information on the wildlife value of approximately 150 native trees and shrubs and gives clear and precise direction on incorporating each into your garden. Featuring nearly 200 brilliant color photos, Huegel's guide will help you to identify and select the plants you need--no matter where you live in Florida. Whether you want to invite birds, deer, rabbits, frogs, turtles, or foxes, transforming your yard into a sustainable, wildlife-friendly environment won t require difficult or dramatic changes. Pick up this handy and inspiring book today and discover how easy it is to redevelop any landscape into an attractive habitat for wildlife."

Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes (Paperback): Craig N Huegel Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes (Paperback)
Craig N Huegel
R554 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R56 (10%) Special order

Spectacular additions to any gardener's planting options

"Huegel has created an excellent guide to growing and using native ferns and wildflowers. Gardeners of all levels will find many new and relatively unknown jewels to add to their landscapes. The wealth of experience and personal knowledge Huegel brings to his subject makes this a veritable step-by-step handbook for the wildflower gardener."--Gil Nelson, author of "Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens
""Huegel has compiled a large amount of information on Florida's native wildflowers and groundcovers. This is an extremely helpful and refreshing addition to the resources for people interested in these plants, whether they wish to grow them or not."--Daniel Austin, University of Arizona

Florida gardens and lawns are full of flowering plants and turfgrass, most commonly exotic species. Recently, however, statewide water restrictions and a rekindling of environmental awareness have increased interest in native plants, which are better adapted to the local climate and require less maintenance.
In this engaging and authoritative guide, ecologist and avid gardener Craig Huegel offers valuable information to anyone interested in integrating native ground covers into an outdoor space. As many of the plants featured in this book are not frequently or adequately discussed elsewhere, "Native Wildflowers and Other Ground Covers for Florida Landscapes" is a singular resource for homeowners and commercial growers alike.
Brilliantly illustrated with nearly 300 color photos, this handy book provides clear instructions on how to garden with more than 17 native ferns, 17 native grasses, and 175 wildflowers--all commercially available plants that work well together in the landscape. If you're interested in adding these beautiful, diverse plants to your garden or yard, pick up Craig Huegel's latest book and start planning your native plant landscape today.

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