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High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants
     

High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants

by Robert Nold
 

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Anyone with an interest in hardy, drought-tolerant plants will find an abundance of tempting possibilities.

Gardeners in the Interior West and Great Plains face a daunting challenge: a harsh, semi-arid climate of scorching summers and brutally cold winters. These climatic extremes rule out many standard garden plants that thrive in areas with greater

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Anyone with an interest in hardy, drought-tolerant plants will find an abundance of tempting possibilities.

Gardeners in the Interior West and Great Plains face a daunting challenge: a harsh, semi-arid climate of scorching summers and brutally cold winters. These climatic extremes rule out many standard garden plants that thrive in areas with greater rainfall and more moderate temperatures. In this comprehensive volume, Robert Nold describes the best picks among perennials and annuals; grasses; bulbs; rock garden plants; cacti; yuccas and other similar plants; shrubs; and trees—more than a thousand plants in all. Leavened with humor and rueful wisdom, Nold's pithy descriptions zero in on each plant's outstanding ornamental characteristics while giving the reader an accurate idea of what to expect from the plant's performance in the garden. A must-have for readers in: Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

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This comprehensive illustrated gardening answers the challenging question: "What can possibly be grown in the severe climate of the Interior West and Great Plains. Robert Nold's High and Dry describes more than 1,000 hearty plants that can actually thrive with little or no irrigation and tolerate both winter cold and summer drought, describing each plant's ornamental features. The book's purview is large: The states covered include Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. In addition, there are 209 color photographs and 10 beautiful watercolor illustrations by the author.
Denver Post

"To the rescue is Robert Nold, whose experience in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with dryland gardening offers a host of plant selections that will not only survive under these temperature extremes, but thrive."


The East Oregonian
"To the rescue is Robert Nold, whose experience in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with dryland gardening offers a host of plant selections that will not only survive under these temperature extremes, but thrive."


Midwest Book Review

"A must-have primer for the water-conscious gardener.”
SciTech Book News

“With tips on breeds of plants that can thrive in the climate and survive both extremes of temperature, “High and Dry” is a scholarly and well researched book on gardening in inhospitable climates. Highly recommended. . . .”
From the Publisher

“. . . a humorous, practical book for any Western gardener looking for drought-friendly gardening advice..”

“Nold, an adept and often funny writer, has written a plant book that will be invaluable to gardeners and plant specialists for its presentation of his extensive knowledge of these native plants and his experience growing them, without any irrigation.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604694475
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/22/2012
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author


Robert Nold is a regular writer for the rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the Colorado Gardener. His articles have appeared in The American Gardener and Horticulture, and he was a contributor to the 2004 revision of The American Horticultural Society's A–Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. He is the author of two award-winning Timber Press books: Penstemons and Columbines.

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