"Give, Give, Give, and once you are done giving, give some more."
- 2000 said by friend about Cal Poly Pomona instructor (Takeo Usegi) that once said to him.
CALIFORNIA & MEXICAN FAN PALMS (Washingtonia filifera and W. robusta)
Chapter 1 - Palms
DUSTY MILLER (Senecio cineraria)
Chapter 14 - Annuals and Biennials
CRAPE MYRTLE (Lagerstroemia indica)
Chapter 3 - Trees (Small to Medium)
FOXTAIL AGAVE (Agave attenuata)
Chapter 8 - Cacti and Succulents
GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO (Bambusa oldhamii)
Chapter 10 - Bamboo (Tall Grasses)
BOSTON IVY (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
Chapter 7 - Vines
SWEET GUM (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Chapter 2 - Trees (Medium to Large)
"A flower is an educated weed."
- Luther Burbank


For purchase, please call or email author directly (for friends and family discount) at:, or book can also be purchased from: Amazon or outlets as well. 

The GLPG is a "green practice publishing book", where books are not printed until ordered.

Thank you for your interest.

Robert Frisbie

Gardenforms Landscape Plant Guide
AUTHORS MESSAGE (on becoming green)
The GLPG is a green practice publishing book, and is printed only when ordered, although to go further on "becoming green" and "saving your green", Gardenforms is giving away the GLPG for free as a download PDF file.

For FREE DOWNLOAD, please visit the Plant Photo Library.

NOTE: Due to the PDF memory and website capabilities, the entire book can not be downloaded as one file.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  
GLPG - What's inside?
Contents (page 5)
The Landscape Plant Guide covers 15 Chapters, separating out the various plant groups by the form and characteristics of a plant (i.e. Trees, Shrubs, Ground Covers, Vines, etc).

Breakdown (page 13)
This page breakdowns a total of 17 Specific Uses (Deer Resistant, Low Watering, Shade Tolerance, Fragrant Flowers, etc.), where the Author created the GLPG to be based upon "the Science of Plant Design" within his field of Landscape Architecture.

Robert had also wanted a way to "quickly reference" a particular plant(s) for a specific use, so he created the "USE CODE SYSTEM", and "what quantities" of plants fit a specific use.

Authors Goal - Information and Format Consistency
When Robert originally designed his first published landscape design book, he wanted to push the envelope on creating a plant book that could be referenced more for design (Landscape Architecture), and plants that are readily available for purchase at local retail and wholesale nurseries from a few container plants, to hundreds of plants available to be installed in a large-scale community project; to a design book that notes the specific uses "science" of specifying the right plant, in the right place of a landscape, by a USE CODE SYSTEM, to quickly locate within one garden book.

So, Robert designed this book to be based upon a "checklist format" (than that of an encyclopedia paragraph format), where information noted in the GLPG would consistently be presented throughout; especially that of the growth rate, height and width for every plant studied within the GLPG.
GLPG Created Background:
This book has referenced nearly 70 books, journals and garden literature, 30 retail and wholesale nurseries, multiple green industry professionals, 3 editors (2 from University of Irvine), 2 graphic artist (1 from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco), and 7 dedicated years of researched, design and development from the author.

A total of 920 plants have been thoroughly researched, studied and documented in a consistent detailed format.  Plants selected within the GLPG was based upon
homeowner clients of the San Francisco Bay Area (1992-95), plants studied at Cal Poly Pomona - College of Environmental Design (1995-98), plants specified from various Landscape Architects (Northern and Southern California from: 1998-2005), plant list recommendations by fuel modification guidelines of multiple counties throughout California (i.e. Contra Costa, Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, to San Diego counties), to further information from various wholesale growers in the Western United States, especially that of California and Oregon.

(Note: No plant information was referenced from that of the internet world wide web due to inaccuracies of its time.  Approximately 30% of the plant information in the GLPG has not been previously published, and instead referenced from the Authors detail research analysis and other professional assistance from 1998-2005.