The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate
A garden that can withstand summer drought and requires little watering is the dream of every gardener who is conscious of the need to conserve water and who wants to create a garden in harmony with the environment. That dream can become a reality with the help of this indispensable new reference book which provides concrete solutions to the questions and hurdles faced by gardeners coping with dry conditions.
Abundantly illustrated with more than 400 original color photographs, this is a vital book for novice and experienced gardeners alike. It includes an A—Z list of more than 500 drought-resistant plants with details on the plant's scientific name, geographical origin, height and width, exposure and hardiness, foliage, ideal soil conditions, and related or complementary plants, and provides techniques for soil preparation, planting, and maintenance of gardens and landscapes.
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15 C DROUGHT 80 CM POSITION adapted aromatic Artemisia branches Buddleja carpet Cistus CM HEIGHT CM POSITION SUN CM SPREAD 60 cold colour cultivar cushion cuttings in autumn cuttings in spring dark green deciduous decorative dense DROUGHT RESISTANCE CODE dry garden Euphorbia evergreen evergreen leaves flower spikes flowers appear flowers open forms garrigue Greek green leaves grey groundcover HARDINESS 12 HEIGHT IN FLOWER HEIGHT OF FOLIAGE hybrid inflorescences Lamiaceae Lavandula angustifolia lavender May-June MEDITERRANEAN BASIN MEDITERRANEAN BASIN HEIGHT mediterranean climate mountains oleander ORIGIN MEDITERRANEAN BASIN perennial perfect drainage Phlomis pink flowers POSITION SUN HARDINESS Propagation RESISTANCE CODE 2.5 rhizomes roots Salvia scent seed in autumn self-seeds SEMI-SHADE HARDINESS shrub silver softwood cuttings soil type South Africa species stems stomata sub-shrub subsp summer SUN HARDINESS 15 SUN OR SEMI-SHADE Teucrium thick tolerates alkaline conditions tree undersides unfussy about soil well-drained soils white flowers withstands salt spray yellow flowers