Coastal and Tropical South
Digging Deep, by Fran Sorin (Grand Central Publishing, 2006; $19.99) is a joyful read for those who garden as much for the consciousness-raising experience as for the tomatoes. For anyone who has ever bought plants on impulse and then wondered why they didn't satisfy in the garden, take heart. Sorin walks you through choosing plants for the mood you want to set, and inspires some serious thinking about the spaces we create in the garden.
Your Florida Backyard
Marianne Cowley says that her site Your Florida Backyard has information about the plants that could or should be in your yard in Florida. But the reach of this information doesn't stop at the state line and is applicable across most of our region. She makes a very good point in saying that most people cannot do "checkbook environmentalism," that is, purchase large tracts of land to preserve habitat. But we can be sure our gardens are hospitable to wildlife, and we can enjoy the view out the window while doing a good thing at the same time. The site is full of her insightful point of view, and plenty of useful information.