Helpful Books

The following are books we recommend. Please support your local book-sellers! ¬†We carry a small selection of books in the nursery. If you can’t find what you want locally, use these links to order from Amazon, we will get a small percentage of your purchase. Thank you for supporting local booksellers everywhere, and Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery.

Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces
by Catherine Zimmerman
Practical, step by step info on creating a meadow in an urban or suburban setting.

Native Plants of the Northeast:
A Guide for Gardening and Conservation

by Donald J. Leopold
Color photos and entries on a good selection of ferns, grasses, perennials, trees and shrubs. A nice overall guide to native plants.

The American Woodland Garden:
Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest

by Rick Darke
Entries on various plants highlighting their ornamental value and their natural habitats. Outstanding photographs.

Trees Of Pennsylvania: A Complete Reference Guide
by Ann F. Rhoads and Timothy A. Block
A field guide and natural history of all the native and naturalized trees that grow in Pennsylvania. Maps of their geographic distribution; Information on native American uses of trees as well as wildlife value.

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants
by William Cullina
Full color photographs of many woody plants; text includes cultural information as well as editorial comments.

Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers of North America (The New England Wild Flower Society)
by William Cullina
Full color photographs of many perennial plants; text includes cultural information as well as editorial comments.

Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave, Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden
by William Cullina


Manual of Woody Landscape Plants
by Michael Dirr
The ‘bible’ of woody plants. Line drawings, no color photos. Information on culture, cultivars, diseases and insects, landscape value, and Dirr’s inimitable editorial comments.

Landscaping With Native Trees
by Guy Sternberg and Jim Wilson
Color photographs and information on seasons of interest, problems, related species and culture. The front of the book contains an index with tree silhouettes, so if you have a general idea what shape of tree you want, you can zero right in on it.

A Gardener’s Guide to Native Plants of Northeastern Pennsylvania
by Geoffrey Mehl of the Pennystone Project
A comprehensive guide to the species native to the northeastern counties of PA.

Pennsylvania Native Plants / Perennials: Habitat and Culture
by Geoffrey Mehl of the Pennystone Project

 
Landscaping Revolution: Garden With Mother Nature, Not Against Her
by Andy Wasowski
Everything from alternative lawns and weed laws, to invasive plants, and information on specific plant species. Photos and cartoons, and enticing chapter titles such as “Homogenize Milk, Not Landscapes,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Creeper?”

The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual
by Ann Rhoads and Timothy A. Block
A thorough listing of all the plant species known to grow in PA. Indicates endangered and threatened species, typical habitat, with some line drawing to aid in species identification.

Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
by Doug Tallamy
Easy to read explanation of ecological interactions between plants and wildlife, from insects on up.

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)
Color photos, description of invasive plant and the problems it creates, and suggested native alternatives.