I have discovered a few gardening blogs that also emphasize photography. Here are my favorites.
All My Favorite Flower Names
Alphabetical list of flowers with pictures that can be browsed by category
Top 25 Best Perennials for Your Garden
From Better Homes and Gardens and very good for creating a short list of plants to start experimenting. BHG lists have plants that are easy to find and grow. Great for beginners.
17 Best Perennials for Shade
Another BHG list
These are two of my favorite stores in or near Atlanta that offer good prices and many hard to find plants.
I have been able to find plants here not available anywhere else. Very friendly and help staff
They have a wide variety of plants at very good prices, but inventory is unpredictable.
Mellicamp L, Gross P. The Southeast Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden, 2020.
After The Southern Living Garden Book, this is the most user-friendly book for southern gardeners I have come across. The images are beautiful, the explanations are succinct, and the book is easy to page through. I got just in time for the 2021 gardening season. Yes!
Hadden EJ. Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives, 2012.
Great book! It helped to get me started.
Primeau L. Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass, 2010.
If you want a front yard garden, this is a good book to read first.
Ondra NJ. The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant by Plant Guide, 2009
A very helpful book, especially for those completely new to gardening.
O’Sullivan P. The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook, 2007.
My knowledge of trees and shrubs is minimal. This was not a problem until I decided that the yard needed a good privacy barrier. That was five years ago, and I still don’t have a privacy barrier, but the book is excellent.
Bender S. The Southern Living Garden Book, 2004
If you live in the south, buy this book! Buy it before buying any plants, implements, or anything else. Buy this book! Got it?