Dryland Gardening: Plants that Survive and Thrive in Tough Conditions

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Firefly Books, 2005 - Gardening - 192 pages
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An essential reference to gardening in hot and cold dry climates.

Gardening where summers are hot and prone to periods of drought, or where winters are snowy one week and freezing rain the next, is best managed by xeriscaping -- dryland gardening techniques that favor not only water conservation but also the conservation of time, energy and other resources.

Xeriscaping enthusiasts exist throughout North America wherever the climate calls for dryland gardening, from the Great Plains prairies to the California desert.

Dryland Gardening explains time-tested strategies:

  • Coping with limited access to water
  • Dealing with invasive plants
  • Dealing with trees under stress
  • Nurturing groundcovers and grasses
  • Starting bulbs, perennials and vines
  • Growing vegetables, herbs and annuals.

This book includes both practical advice for dry-climate gardeners as well as an extensive planting list for grasses and groundcovers, bulbs, perennials and vines, vegetables and annuals, herbs, roses and shrubs.

Each plant entry provides:

  • Common and botanical names
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Planting instructions, care and maintenance.

Dryland Gardening celebrates a resilient garden with a beauty that requires fewer resources and less time.

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Increasingly common watering restrictions augur the necessity of growing drought-tolerant plants. Garden writer and editor Bennett (Lilacs for the Garden ) shows how, with careful plant selection ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Jennifer Bennett lives in Sydenham, Ontario and is the author of several books, including Lilacs for the Garden, and writes for gardening magazines.

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