Identification and Cultivation
Google For Gardeners
This is a Google Custom Search engine for Gardeners where dot coms are weeded out and sites, blogs and forums that share information are featured. It searches 235 sites and is good for plant cultivation information.
rq SB403.2.A45 2004
A beautifully illustrated, authoritative guide to over 15,000 garden plants-annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, trees and more.
rq SB450.95.A45 2003
In addition to information on design, cultivation, plant care, selecting plants, pruning, protecting plants from weather, definitions of different plant varieties, and information on plant propagation, there are also sections on lawns, indoor gardening, and container gardening.
The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants
Find out where common garden plants came from, who discovered them and how they got their names.
The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs: More Than 1700 Outstanding Garden Plants
q SB435.G378 2011
Written by an Englishman, the entries are quite short but all illustrated with striking photos so it is a nice volume to browse through. Some of the cultivars might be harder to find in the U.S.
q SB453.2.N82N67 2001x
An encyclopedia of plants and gardening for the Northeastern United States, including Pennsylvania.
Browse the Catalog
For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the general subjects:
- Gardening Dictionaries
- Gardening Encyclopedias
- Annuals (Plants)
- Flower gardening
- House Plants
- Plants -- Identification
- Plants, Ornamental
Or under the specific plant (you might have to do a keyword search to discover the appropriate term):
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Gardening
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is famous for its gardening booklets. Online they have plenty of information for the gardener arranged in broad topics of Gardening Techniques, Garden Design, Great Plants, Gardening for Wildlife, Wildflower Gardening, Kitchen Gardening, Indoor Gardening, Urban Gardening, Garden Botany, Ecology for Gardeners, Plant Conservation, Pest Alerts!
Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest
Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest is an interactive guide that is specific to the upper Midwest United States (hardiness zones 3, 4 and 5), providing complete and accurate information on more than 600 species and varieties common to this region. This is useful for Pittsburgh which is zones 4-5.
New Jersey Weed Gallery
a collection of photos and descriptions of agricultural weeds found in New Jersey from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Common weeds of New Jersey (pretty much the same as grow in Western Pennsylvania).
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Urban Horticulture
Plant Fact Sheets
Over 4000 fact sheets on specific plants. Click on alphabetical listing by common or scientific name.
This website, which includes an encyclopedia of 1,800 new and classic perennials, is from Walters Gardens, Inc., a wholesale perennial grower located in Zeeland, Michigan.
PlantFacts has merged several digital collections developed at Ohio State University to become an international knowledge bank and multimedia learning center. Includes the Plant Dictionary, a searchable database of 1,071 high quality images and horticultural descriptions for 591 selected ornamental plants. You can search for specific plants by their scientific name (genus and species), family name, or common name.
USDA Plants Database
The PLANTS database contains native and naturalized vascular plants of the U.S. including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and native and naturalized mosses, lichens, and hepatics (liverworts and hornworts) of North America. PLANTS also has about 2200 vascular plants that do not grow naturally in the U.S. but are of general economic or botanic interest. PLANTS does not contain common garden plants or plants that occur only outside the U.S.
UC Davis: Identification: Weed Photo Gallery
Although the weeds are somewhat different in Pittsburgh, many of them are the same and this guide should help you identify them. Then you can pull them out and compost them or cover them with mulch. You don't have to use herbicides.