Xeriscape Plant Guide

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Fulcrum Publishing, Mar 1, 1996 - Gardening - 192 pages
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The Xeriscape Plant Guide is a full-color, comprehensive resource for more than 100 low-water-use plants that bring color, beauty and utility to your landscape. This is the Bible on plants for water-wise gardens!

With continued national concern over water use, Xeriscape gardens are a sensible option for today and tomorrow. Published in cooperation with Denver Water and the American Water Works Association, and reviewed by professional horticulturalists and landscapers, this fully illustrated reference offers complete information on low-water-use trees and shrubs, annuals and shade plants. These plants were chosen for their ability to thrive in tough conditions, for their low water usage and for their potential to add beauty and diversity to any landscape. Whether you have a small patio or terrace, city lot or a bit of acreage, there is more than enough variety in these pages to turn your garden into a place of beauty.

Xeriscape can be considered water-smart gardening or environmentally friendly planting, but the main theory behind it is to grow plants that thrive in our specific regions and soils. Inside the pages of the Xeriscape Plant Guide, you will find a vast array of plants ideally suited for gardens of North America, both familiar and less recognizable, that require minimal supplemental irrigation, that can cope with fluctuations in temperature, and that resist disease and pests.

All the plants in this book are depicted by full-color photographs throughout the seasons, and several garden design possibilities are shown. Botanical illustrations-literally the science of horticulture-add a new dimension, as each artist provides a unique rendering that focuses on the personality of each plant.
 

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Contents

Amorpha canescens
14
Ceratoides lanata
20
Chrysothamnus nauseosus
30
Forestiera neomexicana
36
Gymnocladus dinica
42
Cytisus scoparius Moonlight
48
Asclepias tuberosa
89
Campsis radicans
96
Oenothera missouriensis 105 Coreopsis tinctoria
144
Ratibida columniera 112 Salvia sclarea
150
AND GRASSES 117 fc? J AfchemiUa mollis
156
Calamagrostis acutiflora 123 Galium odoratum
162
Helictotrichon sempervirens 129 Ptelea trifoliata
168
Pennisetum alopecuroides 133 Sedum spurium
174
Veronica pectinata 141 Photography ck Illustration Credits
180
Linum perenne var lewisii
183

Liatris punctata
102

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About the author (1996)

Rob Proctor is an author, photographer, lecturer, garden designer, and, above all, a passionate gardener. For eight years, he collaborated with Lauren Springer on an award-winning gardening column for The Denver Post. Together they designed the Perennial Walk at Denver Botanic Gardens. Rob is the author of ten books, including Naturalizing Bulbs and Herbs in the Garden: The Art of Intermingling. He is also a published garden photographer, and has taught garden illustration and is Director of Horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens. Rob wrote the introduction to Xeriscape Plant Guide.

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