Does anyone know of a good Website to find tree and plant gardening
advice and techniques, along with photographs and specific info about
plants on the U.S. western coastal region?
If there only was "Sunset's Western Gardens" book on-line, that would
Thank you everyone.
Consider these for starters and please consider your neighbors as the
premier source for garden wisdom and mistakes for your micro climate.
Zone 5 S Jersey USA Shade
"oeuf tot pique " Lover
When every commentary pretty much addds up to "buy this crappy gizmo"
there just isn't any credibility to be had, & the half-dozen pages I
looked at had very little information anyone would be seeking about weeds,
though there were a gods-plenty advertisements.
But there ARE many fine weed & wildflower websites which can be found with
a google search, the primary goal of such sites being to inform, not to
provide continuous sales-pitches for useless garden geegaws. The subject
is enormous & no one website covers it all: desirable wildflowers, native
plant gardening, noxious, alien, & invasive species, harvesting edible
wild plants, poisonous weeds, regional websites on identification of
weeds, big photo galleries devoted to weeds, organic vs chemical weed
control, & so on. Here's a sampler of vastly more interesting info-packed
Global Compendium of Weeds:
Search page for a database of thousands of weeds:
Identify weeds & wildflowers:
Department of the Interior/Bureau of Land Management Weed Website, with
special focus on noxious & invasive weeds:
USDA website on noxious weeds:
Vascular plant photo gallery:
National Park Service database on invasive weeds:
University of Florida's weed resource:
Cornell's thrilling poisonous plant database:
University of Montana's comprehensive database for Northwest invasives:
Weed identification traits search engine:
The Nature Conservancy's weeds connection:
Nature Conservancy's way cool links page for regional & national weed websites:
Here are some additional weed links:
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Advice often given here when people ask questions like "what should I
plant in my garden?" or "how do I design landscaping for a new house"
is to visit the library and check on many of the excellent references
there. I can't think why any publisher would want to translate its
best-selling reference works into a freely accessible web site.
The web is excellent, however, when you reach the point of asking
specific questions. There are sites devoted to nearly every kind of
plant, with masses of in-depth information. Searching on "plant_name
propagation" or "plant_name cultivation" will quickly yield more
It's a little more work than checking the index of your Sunset book,
but if you think of search functions as an index, your ideal "web
site" is the web itself.
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