Plant References

Cultivating the Wild – Gardening with Native plants of British Columbia’s Southern Interior and Eastern Washington by Eva Durance of Penticton, B.C., Nature Guides, B.C. Written by a life-long gardener, naturalist, nursery woman and landscape designer, this book is an excellent guide to using our native plants in cultivated landscapes. Includes colour photos and in depth information about growing conditions, care, landscape uses and special features.Link to Cultivating the Wild by Eva Durance
Naturescape British Columbia, Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home is available from the B.C. Ministry of Environment for $21.00.

This package of three excellent resource books will guide you in choosing native plants for your garden and explain which plants and practices to use to attract specific wildlife. It includes plans for bird and butterfly houses, landscape design ideas and much more. Guides specific to the Southern Interior are included.
Link to Naturescape BC, Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home
Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia by Roberta Parish, Ray Coupe, and Dennis Lloyd, Lone Pine Publishing.

This is an excellent reference specific to this region, with full colour pictures of all specimens. It includes all flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns, mosses and aquatic plants that grow in the Southern Interior. The ecological description for each plant provides a guide to specific growing conditions.
Link to Plants of the Southern Interior BC
Heritage Perennials Perennial Gardening Guide by John Valleau, Valleybrook International Ventures Inc.

This excellent perennial resource is published by Canada’s largest grower of perennials. It has lots of photos and information including zones, bloom time, size and suggested uses. Symbols indicate plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies or are drought tolerant, etc. Available at most garden centres.
Link to The Perennial Gardening Guide by John Valleau
The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Liveable Landscapes by Rick Darke, Timber Press.

This is a superb landscape design book on the uses of ornamental and native grasses in both naturalized and garden settings. It also includes an extensive encyclopedia of grasses from around the world and over 1,000 colour photos.
Link to Encyclopedia of Grasses for Liveable Landscapes
The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses by John Greenlee & Derek Fell, Michael Friedman Publishing Group.

This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of ornamental grasses with excellent use and cultural information along with good coloured photos.
Link to the Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses