Series: Regional Ornamental Gardening Series
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Timber Press (June 24, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #404,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #31 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Climate > Desert #40 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > Southwest #154 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Ornamental Plants
Love this book. Beautiful pictures and lots of great info for the southwest gardener. Judith Phillips knows her plants. She is passionate about "the right plant in the right place", using lots of native plants, using rainwater, water conservation, etc. An excellent resource for any gardener. She lists many of the plants that will do well in the SW heat and low water conditions and talks about what each plant likes in terms of location, sun/shade, and water needs.
The severe freeze in the Southwest in February 2011 and subsequent plant losses that had thrived in gardens for many years was the impetus for Judith Phillips to write this book. She addresses how to deal with climate change and how to cope with a wide variation in elevations, precipitation and temperature ranges in Southwestern landscapes. Phillips provides good examples of plants that thrive in the extremes of hot summers and cold winters and has over 35 years experience designing arid-adapted and native gardens in New Mexico and the Southwest. The book has nice photo illustrations of how good design and plant selections overcome the challenges of gardening in what at times can feel like a hostile environment.
Excellent, well written book. Highly informative and insightful. Phillips knows the Southwest and offers valuable information about plant selection, watering, and pruning. I was especially impressed with the informative section on the weather extremes of the Southwest -vital to understand if you want to garden successfully in the Southwest.
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