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Dryland Gardening: Plants that Survive and Thrive in Tough Conditions

by Jennifer Bennett
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Fifty-Five Plus - Irene Morton
This book is an excellent source of information on water conservation, low-maintenance and easy-care plants.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Jan Riggenbach
In <this> worthwhile book, author Jennifer Bennett points to many ... weatherproof plants that are a good choice for standing up to increasingly erratic weather.
Landscape Architecture
Inspiring images to encourage landscape architects and lay gardeners to adopt plant palettes that minimize the need for a resource we can no longer take for granted.
I Can Garden.com
Dryland Gardening celebrates a resilient garden with a beauty that requires fewer resources and less time.
Horticulture, Gardening At Its Best - Jodi Torpey
It's easy to trust Jennifer Bennett's advice. She has experience gardening under difficult circumstances and gladly shares the secrets of her success.
Toronto Star - Kathy Renwald
Packages up a lot of comforting advice for dusty gardeners. Rather than fight the conditions, Bennett encourages the best practice, which is choosing the right plant for the right place.
Acreage Life - Sheila Robertson
A wealth of information gleaned by the author as she coped with challenging conditions... friendly, lucid and authoriative.
National Garden Clubs New Book Reviews - Joanne S. Carpender
Find the answers to low-water gardening in Dryland Gardening yet have beautiful easy-care gardens... [Jennifer Bennett] has first hand experience with the many challenges of gardening with tough winds, droughts and temperature conditions.
Seattle Times - Valerie Easton
Just in time comes this plant-centered book that focuses on creating beautiful, lush gardens in less-than-ideal conditions.
Ottawa Citizen - Mike Gillespie
For gardeners in need of industrial-strength help, thanks either to their arid plots or irrational climate.
American Gardener - Viveka Neveln
Whether you garden in a dry region or just have a periodically dry corner of the yard, [this book] has plenty to offer.
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal - Linda Turk
Create beautiful landscapes by following simple tips, techniques and choosing the proper plants.
Booklist - Carol Haggas
Provides thoughtful instruction on various water-conservation topics... augmented by brilliant color photographs... a timely addition to the garden-resource bookshelf.
Harrisburg Patriot-News - George Weigel
How to make the moist of moisture, including mulching, planting strategic windbreaks and use hydrogels in the soil.
Science News
Hot, dry summers don't necessarily rule out having a lush, beautiful garden. With this helpful guide, gardeners can learn techniques for growing plants under harsh conditions.
Denver Post
Practical advice and colorful portraits of hundreds of plants... a wonderful guide to bring along when shopping.
HortIdeas
Hundreds of "tough" plants that can remain attractive even when water supplies are low... The range of plants is quite broad, including species that are suited to North American climate zones ranging from very warm to quite cold.
St Louis Post-Dispatch - Becky Homan
Lovely guide... if the dry weather here keeps up, hers is a guide to read.
Montreal Gazette - Stuart Robertson
An excellent book for advice.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
Excellent advice on how to choose and plant drought-tolerant plants, from herbs and perennials to shrubs and grasses.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Pam Waterman
Water saving tips throughout the text and then groups suitable plants... a nice format with text arranged in easy-to-read columns.
Canadian Gardening
A timely tome for these challenging times.
Harrowsmith's Truly Canadian Almanac 2008
A useful and à propos guide for gardeners facing up to climate change.
The Rural Voice (Blyth ON) - Rhea Hamilton-Seeger
[This book] is a must have. Although it's 10 years since it was published by Firefly, it is still relevant today in our increasingly droughty summers. It covers all the basics of water conservation and survival techniques and then launches into a wide variety of plans that can be encouraged in this environment.
American Reference Books Annual 2014 - Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Bennett's attractive, reasonably priced text is a useful handbook to landscaping in unpromising terrain.
Library Journal
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, gardeners can create beautiful, diverse, low-maintenance gardens using little water. She begins by sharing ways to conserve water, use rainwater, build watering systems, and choose and care for plants; suggestions for hundreds of drought-tolerant plants-most of which grow in USDA hardiness zones 4-7-follow. While these young plants need watering when first transplanted, and their seeds require water to germinate, once mature they are generally drought-resistant. Bennett divides her coverage of these hardy plants into six sections: herbs, grasses and ground covers, bulbs, perennials and vines, annuals, and shrubs; each section is arranged by scientific name. Entries include common name, hardiness zones, a general description, cultural information, and suggested cultivars with descriptions. Lovely color photographs illustrate the text, though not every genus is pictured. Easy to read, informative, and timely, this book is recommended for public and horticultural libraries in zones 4-7.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554070312
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/05/2005
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,118,992
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

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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