Northern Virginia gardeners have all kinds of publications and online databases at their disposal – free.
Most are available in PDF format so they can be viewed on anything from a desk top PC to an iPhone or Android device or be downloaded and printed.
Here is my free library:
- Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (Free online; PDF available for $12 from Virginia Botanical Associates.)
- Lawn Weed Identification (Online only at University of Maryland)
- Native Plant Database (Online only at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin.)
- Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping (Multiple 2-page PDFs for each region of Virginia from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.)
- Native Plants for Northern Virginia (Online and 52-page PDF.)
- Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Online and 85-page PDF.) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Plants Database (Online only at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.)
- Plants Database (Online only at The National Gardening Association.)
- Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (Online and 172-page PDF.)
- Terrestrial Invasive Plants of the Potomac Watershed (Online and 2-page PDF.)
- Weeds of the Southern United States (Online and 47-page PDF.)
- Virginia Invasive Species Plant List (Online and 2-page PDF.)
- Insect Identification Lab (Online only via Virginia Tech Department of Entomology.)
- Pest Management Guide: Home Grounds and Animals (Online and 310-page PDF.)
- Selecting Landscape Plants: Groundcovers (Online and 14-page PDF.)
- Virginia Cooperative Extension (Multiple e-books.)
Also check out the blog roll on Wild Suburbia.