All About Dry Climate Gardening (Ortho's All About Series)

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• Gardening techniques for landscapes and gardens that receive less than 20 inches of annual rainfall.

• Inspiring garden scenes in 17 states--from cold and warm deserts, dry grasslands, and Mediterranean climates.

• Detailed descriptions and a color photo gallery of 85 trees, shrubs, and perennials appropriate for dry climates.

• Special chapter highlights efficient irrigation systems.

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Overview

• Gardening techniques for landscapes and gardens that receive less than 20 inches of annual rainfall.

• Inspiring garden scenes in 17 states--from cold and warm deserts, dry grasslands, and Mediterranean climates.

• Detailed descriptions and a color photo gallery of 85 trees, shrubs, and perennials appropriate for dry climates.

• Special chapter highlights efficient irrigation systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897214995
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: All about Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Gardening in Dry Climates 4
Nature's Arid Environments 5
What Makes an Arid Environment? 6
Map of North American Arid Regions 7
Gardening Guidelines for Arid Regions 12
Growing Nonadapted Plants in Arid Regions 14
Making Use of Microclimates 16
Conserving with Microclimates 20
Fundamentals of Xeriscape Gardening 24
Know Your Soil 24
Soil Texture 26
Planting and Transplanting 33
Water and Xeriscaping 36
Managing for Water Conservation 38
Ways to Water 40
Fertilizers and Nutrition 42
Mulch 45
Pest Management 48
How to Xeriscape 50
Shaping a Xeriscape Garden 51
Conserving Resources 55
Creating Dry Gardens 60
Silver and Blue Gardens 61
Ornamental Grass Gardens 64
Sculpture Gardens 68
Prairie Gardens 70
Traditional Gardens Xeric Style 76
Victorian Gardens 82
Plants for Dry Climate Gardens 84
Selecting the Plant for the Site 84
Trees 85
Shrubs 96
Perennials 108
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 122
Metric Conversions 122
Resources 123
Index 124
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