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The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance

By Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren

Not a rock goes unturned. ... They clearly explain — and spread — their passion for native landscapes.

Los Angeles Times

Water shortages and water rationing are commonplace throughout California, rendering expanses of lawn and thirsty, nonnative plants unsustainable. Unfortunately, these remain the most popular choices for homeowners for two main reasons: the misconception that native plants are more difficult and the false assumption that exotic plants are more beautiful than their native counterparts.

The California Native Landscape addresses both concerns by teaching homeowners how to succeed with natives and showing them how lush, colorful, and thriving their landscape can be. The authors stress the importance of smart garden design and combining the right plants to promote the natural symbiosis that occurs within plant communities. This new book also has cutting-edge information on the crucial role that natives play in creating fire-resistant landscapes, refuting the myth that natives are more fire-prone than nonnatives.

With its unique combination of proven techniques, environmental wisdom, and inspiring design advice, this is an essential resource for all California gardeners who want to create a beautiful, ecologically appropriate, and resource-conserving home landscape.

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"Not a rock goes unturned in [this book]. ... They clearly explain — and spread — their passion for native landscapes."

Los Angeles Times

About the authors

Greg Rubin

Greg Rubin is the owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, a company that specializes in creating stable, sustainable, ornamental, low-input gardens with substantial habitat and wildlife value.

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Lucy Warren

Lucy Warren is a longtime regional gardening professional in southern California. She writes a regular gardening column for the San Diego Union Tribune and is a former editor for California Garden magazine.

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