Native Plants of the Southeast
photographs by Will Stuart
Native Plants of the Southeast shows you how to choose the best native plants and how to use them in the garden. Using native plants in a garden has many benefits: They attract beneficial wildlife and insects, they allow a gardener to create a garden that reflects the native beauty of the region, and they make a garden more sustainable. Because of all this, they are an increasingly popular plant choice for home and public gardens.
This complete guide is an invaluable resource, with plant profiles for over 460 species of trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers. Mellichamp talks about many of these as if discussing a life-long friend and, in many cases, he is doing exactly that. Each plant description includes information about cultivation and propagation, ranges, and hardiness. Comprehensive lists recommend particular plants for difficult situations, as well as plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife.