Oklahoma Gardener's Guide: The What, Where, When, how & why of Landscape Gardening in Oklahoma

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Cool Springs Press, 1999 - Gardening - 423 pages
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Steve Dobbs, a horticulturist, garden writer, and lecturer, was the host and producer of Oklahoma Gardening from 1990 to 1995.  The show was selected by the Garden Writers Association of America as the Best TV Gardening Program in the Nation in 1992.  Arranged according to plant size and permanence in the landscape, The Oklahoma Gardener's Guide highlights the plants that are most suitable to Oklahoma's four ecoregions.  Besides the USDA Cold-Hardiness Zone Map, Steve includes an annual precipitation map, spring and fall freeze maps, and a frost-free map which provides the mean length of the frost-free period in weeks for the state.  Steve discusses over 170 selections, including trees, woody shrubs, groundcovers, vines, roses, perennials, ornamental grasses, annuals, and turfgrass that are adaptable to all four regions.  He also explores Oklahoma natives as ornamentals and devotes an entire chapter to the plants that are specific to the western region.  Oklahoma gardeners will learn specific techniques useful for maintaining their local environment, maximizing their garden's beauty potential, and appreciating the wide diversity offered by the state's unique and varied climate.

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Contents

Introduction
6
Trees
18
Woody Shrubs
52
Ground Covers
104
Vines
132
Roses
152
Perennials
166
Photographic Gallery of Featured Plants
225
Ornamental Grasses
242
Annuals
268
Turfgrasses
328
Natives as Ornamentals
340
Western Oklahoma Plants
384
Resources
406
Index
413
Copyright

About the author (1999)

Steve Dobbs is an award-winning horticulturist, educational garden writer, and lecturer. He shares his gardening advice in the monthly garden column "Heartland Gardening" for Oklahoma Living magazine and a featured weekly column "Oklahoma Roots" for The Daily Oklahoman newspaper. His expertise has been featured in several publications including Better Homes and Gardens, OSU Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Oklahoma Today. He was the host and producer of Oklahoma Gardening from 1990 to 1995, a show selected by the Garden Writers of America as the Best TV Gardening Program in the Nation in 1992.

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