\n\n\nDavid Salman's Favorite Gardening Resources\nIn the ever expanding world of horticulture, it's good to have reliable references to check plant and gardening information. A large number of gardening books have become outdated, but the books listed here have been especially useful to me.\nA quick work about plant facts on the internet. As with any subject, information on the web is often not fact checked if it's not an official organization, so don't take the first source that comes up as gospel. Always reference a few different sources to make sure the facts are correct.\nThese are some of the sources I refer to when looking for information:\nWebsites\nMissouri Botanic Garden website - an excellent source for information on individual plants: missouribotanicalgarden.org\nUS Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Data Base - an excellent source for determining where a plant is native in the US: plants.usda.gov\/\nThe Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) - an invaluable source of native plant information for Arizona and adjoining states: swbiodiversity.org\nBooks\nThe Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty, by Lauren Springer Ogden - an excellent read especially for gardeners new to the western US. Many useful plant lists.\n \nPlant Driven Design, by Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden - a must read book for anyone embarking on a new landscaping project.\nDurable Plants for the Garden, a Plant Select\u00ae Guide - a reference text with excellent photos of all the Plant Select (Denver Botanic Garden\/Colorado State University) program's recommended plants.\nPrimarily focused on the western US.\n\nNatural by Design: Beauty and Balance in Southwest Gardens, Judith Phillips - an excellent reference book on naturalistic landscape design. The companion book of plants is a favorite reference for information on propagation and cultural needs in the garden.\nSunset Western Garden Book, Sunset Magazine - an excellent resource for western plant information, especially California. Ignore their confusing zone system (unless you live in CA) as it doesn't jive with the USDA winter hardiness zones used by High Country Gardens and most other horticultural companies. They also have an excellent online version at: sunset.com\/garden\/sunset-plant-finder\nThe Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses: Sedges, Rushes, Restios, Cat-Tails and Selected Bamboos by Rick Darke - an essential guide to ornamental grasses, their classification with descriptions of a huge number of specific species and cultivars.\nOrganizations\nSanta Fe County Agricultural Extension Service, New Mexico State University - Most states have Agricultural extension agents associated with state universities. The Master Gardener programs are often associated with the Ag Extension Service where you can meet fellow gardeners.\nText and Photos by David Salman.\n\u00a9 All articles are copyrighted by High Country Gardens. Republishing an entire High Country Gardens blog post or article is prohibited without permission. Please feel free to share a short excerpt with a link back to the article on social media websites, such as Facebook and Pinterest.