Written by French botanists who explored North American forests in the late 1700s, The North American Sylva is a monumental work with masterful illustrations and extensive botanic profiles. The book would help France reforest its post-war countryside, and become a landmark in North American forestry. Today, it remains readable and interesting—certainly a work of evergreen value.
New leaves on this Indian bean tree emerge wine colored to chocolate, segueing to green in summer. White flowers are lavender-tinged. Though it can reach 40 to 50 feet tall and wide, it can be pruned hard to keep it shrubby. Zones 5-9. forestfarm.com
Our slide show tour of this amazing house and garden in Fargo, North Dakota, designed by Stahl Architects and Land Elements, which was inspired by the work of Josef Albers and the native grasses that grow in the prairie that surrounds the property. Lots of web-only photos!