These books are grouped in categories to help distinguish their purpose and focus. Of course, many books do not fit neatly into a single category, so you can also filter them by topic or subject matter. To search by author, enter his or her last name into the keyword search field.
All of the books here are valuable resources for learning. While this list is long, we have not included every publication on the subject of native plant landscaping, but only those we feel are the most useful, well researched, and based on sound ecological science. Enjoy your reading!
Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants
In her latest guide to pollinators, Heather Holm again shows her profound knowledge of insects and skill as a teacher. This time the spotlight is on wasps, a diverse group of insects whose vital ecological roles as predators and pollinators are at odds with their common reputation (among humans!) as pests.
Unlike her previous guides, which were organized by plant, here each section covers a family of wasps, in total covering 150 flower-visiting species from eastern North America. Heather offers a detailed description of each insect’s life cycle, nesting habits, nectar forage plants, and more. This along with the beautiful, high-resolution images of each species, make this the go-to resource for understanding and identifying wasps, accessible to the beginner as well as the expert.