Kentucky Native Plant and Wildlife
Even though the Upper South region extends from the Atlantic well into the heart of the country, there is a great deal of overlap among native plants and wildlife. With that in mind, Kentucky Native Plant and Wildlife, a blog written by several specialists at the University of Kentucky, provides a wide scope of information on using native plants in the landscape, issues related to invasive exotic plants, urban wildlife management, and wildlife damage management. Their Plant of the Week series will give you many ideas for beautiful native plants to use in your garden. Recent articles on wildlife are also widely helpful, including Feeding Wildlife During the Drought: Should I or Shouldn't I? and Drought Stress or Browning of Trees. Other interesting articles include how to tell if there is going to be good fall color, feeding butterflies, best native plants for attracting butterflies, whether to grow butterfly bush or not, snake identification, Canada geese, and skunks.
Need to be inspired for ways to use ornamental grasses in your garden? With over 160 color photographs by renowned garden photographer Saxon Holt, just looking at the imagery in Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design (Storey Publishing, 2002, $19.95) will make you want to rush out to a garden center and fill the car. But, please, take the time to read this book as well. As the blurb on the cover says, "Select beautiful ornamental grasses, combine them with perennial flowers and other garden plants and care for them so that they look great year-round." Author Nancy Ondra has organized the book in a way that also motivates. The four sections of the book include Getting to Know Grasses, Color Palettes, Seasonal Usage, and Selecting for Location. You'll find information about the different types of grasses, how to plant and care for grasses, the various grass colors and plant pairings and grass choices for various sites. The perfect companion to this book is Rick Darke's Timber Press Pocket Guide to Ornamental Grasses (Timber Press, 2004, $19.95) with its encyclopedic guide to 430 species and cultivars of ornamental grasses.