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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.
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.
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."
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
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
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