Native Plants for the Short Season Yard: Best Picks for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones by Lyndon Penner and published by Brush Education is the definitive guide to gardening with native plants on the prairies. Gardening with native plants has lots of advantages, not only for your yard, but also for the ecosystem. What could be better than a beautiful, low-maintenance yard that preserves biodiversity and withstands the prairie climate? Native Plants for the Short Season Yard is the key for western Canadian gardeners wanting to unlock the full potential of native plants.

With the wit and wisdom his fans love, Lyndon shares the basics of shopping for, propagating, and designing with native plants. He also shines a light on more than 100 of his favourite native plants, along with tips on how to grow them. Topics include:

  • How to ethically and responsibly grow native plants from seeds and cuttings.
  • Identifying the best plants for sunny, shady, wet, or dry spots in your yard.
  • The plants best left to wild spaces and those you should avoid at all costs.
  • Advice from gardening experts who share their secrets and successes with native plants.
  • Protecting your garden with natural alternatives to herbicides and pesticides.

Table of Contents

Section I: The Practical Bits

1. The basics
2. Why can’t I find this plant at a nursery?
3. Propagating native plants
4. Designing with native plants

Section II: Native Prairie Plants

5. Plants for open, sunny spaces
6. Plants for partial-to-full shade

Section III: Potential Threats to Native Plants

7. Invasive and introduced species
8. Human interventions
9. How can you help?

Section IV: Many Voices: People Using Native Plants Across the Prairies

10. The interviews

Section V: The Section with Lists
11. What’s on your list?

Native Plants for the Short Season Yard: Best Picks for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones has been shortlisted for Book of the Year Award by the Book Publishers Association in Alberta in the category of Trade Non-fiction.

Book Reviews:

I predict that this book will really make a difference to the appreciation, preservation and utilization of native plants on the prairies.

Alberta Horticultural Association

As usual, I have found Lyndon’s writing to be a fun and easy read with lots of information.

Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society

Pick up a copy of this book on native plants today. It will inspire you now as well as in the winter when you are planning changes to your existing garden.

Calgary Horticultural Society

Lyndon’s interest in incorporating native plants in backyard garden design shines through, making this, in my opinion, his best book to date.

The Gardener Magazine

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