In Fall 2008, I decided to convert our front yard lawn into a garden. Those of you who know me know how much I hate lawns. Lawns consist of alien grasses that support no biodiversity. They require watering, mowing, and fertilizing. Lawn mowers, both gas and electric, emit greenhouse hases. I absolutely cannot stand lawns.
In 2008, I set out to kill grass in our front yard. I laid down cardboard all over our front yard. I then spread mulch over them. A year later, the grass had died, and I had a front yard to replant with edible and native plants.
Gardening with Native Plants of the South by Sally Wasowski has been my constant companion since I began replanting my front yard with native plants. The book is well-organized, separating plants into multiple categories such as evergreen trees, deciduous trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, etc. Wasowski gives data for each plant such as native range, soil preference, companion plants, and wildlife that the plant attracts. Each plant is accompanied by a color photo.
My only beef with the book is that it is thin, containing plant data for a limited number of native plants. I wish in the future Wasowski will come out with a more comprehensive book about native plants of the South.
Despite this one minor shortcoming, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in native plant gardening in the South.