Books about Native Plants and Ecological Gardening

Rudbeckia and Coneflower, informal cottage garden style
Rudbeckia and Coneflower, informal cottage garden style

I own and have read all the books on this list. This are my “keepers”. The books that provide excellent information in an easy-to-understand format. If you are new to ecological gardening start with Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home.

Native Plants

Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation by Donald J. Leopold. Timber Press, 2005 ISBN – 978-0-88192-673-6

Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada by William Cullina. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. ISBN 0-395-96609-4

Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave: Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden by William Cullina. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. ISBN 978-0-618-53118-9

Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing and Propagating North American Woody Plants by William Cullina. Houghton Mifflin, 2002. ISBN 0-618-09858-5

Plants of Pennsylvania, 2nd ed. by Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block. University of Pennsylvania, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8122-4003-0.

Trees of Pennsylvania: A Complete Reference Guide by Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8122-3785-4.

Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman. Timber Press, 1998. ISBN 0-88192-453-9.

Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary: The Uses of More than 3000 plants by Native American Tribes by Daniel E. Moerman. Timber Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88192-987-4. Information is taken from the massive tome, Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman.

Native American Food Plants, An Ethnobotanical Dictionary: The Food Uses of More than 1500 plants by 221 Native American Groups by Daniel E. Moerman.  Timber Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-60469-189-4. Information is taken from the massive tome, Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman

Gardening and Landscaping

Designing Gardens with Flora of the American Eastby Carolyn Summers. Rutgers University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-8135-4706-0

Urban an Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces by Catherine Zimmerman. Matrix Media Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9844560-0-0

Native Alternatives to Invasive Species edited by C. Colston Burrell, Janet Marinelli, and Bonnie Harper-Love. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, 2006. ISBN 978-1-889538-74-7

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. Timber Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-88192-803-7

Landscaping with Native Trees: The Northeast. Midwest, MidSouth and Southeast Edition by Guy Sternberg and Jim Wilson. Chapters Publishing, 1995. ISBN 1-881527-65-4.

Invasive Plants: A Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species by Sylvan Ramsey Kaufman and Wallace Kaufman. Stackpole Books, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8117-3365-6


Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy, 2nd. Timber Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-88192-854-9. This book has changed the way many people think and garden, including me.

Habitat Gardening 

Gardening for LIfe in Southeastern Pennsylvania by Audubon at Home and Bucks County Audubon Society. available at

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies edited by Deborah Burns. Xerces Society, 2011. ISBN 978-1-60342-695-4. Plant lists, profiles, and garden plans make this book extremely useful for gardeners, landscapes and habitat restoration.

Pollinator Conservator Handbook: A Guide to Understanding, Protecting and Providing Habitat for Native Pollinator Insects by The Xerces Society, 2003. ISBN 0-97444475-0-1

Climate Change

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Bloomsbury Press, 2010. ISBN  978-1-59691-610-4

Special Report Global Warming (cover story) Time Magazine, April 3. 2006. p. 34- 42.

The Truth About Denial (cover story) by Sharon Begley, Newsweek, August 13, 2007. p. 20-29.

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