High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants

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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. Yet there is a wide variety of native plants that are not only beautiful but provide highly satisfactory choices for the western garden. In this comprehensive volume, Robert Nold describes the best picks among perennials and ...

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Overview

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. Yet there is a wide variety of native plants that are not only beautiful but provide highly satisfactory choices for the western garden. 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. With very few exceptions, the recommended plants can be expected to thrive without supplemental irrigation once established, and tolerate winter temperatures as low as -10F (-23C). Throughout, the book is illustrated with vivid color photographs and a selection of exquisite botanical watercolors by artist Cindy Nelson-Nold. Anyone with an interest in hardy, drought-tolerant plants will find in these pages an abundance of tempting possibilities with which to experiment. Indeed, High and Dry can serve as a highly useful tool for resource-conscious gardeners everywhere.

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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.”

Midwest Book Review
“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. . . .”
Denver Post
“. . . a humorous, practical book for any Western gardener looking for drought-friendly gardening advice..”
SciTech Book News

“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.”

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."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881928723
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword Panayoti Kelaidis Kelaidis, Panayoti 8

Introduction 11

Ch. 1 The High Plains Garden 15

Interlude: The Plants 61

Ch. 2 Perennials and Annuals 67

Ch. 3 Grasses 105

Ch. 4 Bulbs 115

Ch. 5 Rock Garden Plants 121

Ch. 6 Cacti 261

Ch. 7 Yuccas, et cetera 305

Ch. 8 Shrubs 329

Ch. 9 Trees 393

Bibliography 401

Index 404

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