Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach / Edition 1

Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach / Edition 1

by Heidi Gildemeister
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520236475

ISBN-13: 9780520236479

Pub. Date: 01/21/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Gardening in harmony with a Mediterranean climate means taking advantage of winter rain and allowing the garden to rest over hot summers. In this beautifully illustrated, practical handbook, Heidi Gildemeister provides both novice and experienced gardeners with a comprehensive guide for waterwise gardening, with over one thousand drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants…  See more details below

Overview

Gardening in harmony with a Mediterranean climate means taking advantage of winter rain and allowing the garden to rest over hot summers. In this beautifully illustrated, practical handbook, Heidi Gildemeister provides both novice and experienced gardeners with a comprehensive guide for waterwise gardening, with over one thousand drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants chosen both for their beauty and for their easygoing ways. Well indexed with common and botanical names, Mediterranean Gardening will be indispensable not only for gardeners in California, the Mediterranean basin, and Mediterranean climate areas in South America, Australia, and Africa, but for anyone living in a region that experiences drought.

Gildemeister explains how drought-tolerant plants that are suitably matched with a site and carefully planted and mulched can live on winter rain and, once established, do not need additional summer water-as in nature. The Plant Selection lists over one thousand plants from nearly five hundred genera, including their preferred growing conditions, propagation, best use, and maintenance. Guidelines in eight steps describe the planning of waterwise gardens, such as for the establishment of dappled shade to conserve precious soil moisture. Successful alternatives to the water-intensive lawn offer attractive design ideas.

Mediterranean Gardening offers a wealth of information: "easy" plants for the beginner, new choices for the garden architect, and for botanists the latest findings on minimum temperatures plants can endure. An extensive bibliography covering drought tolerance and a list of useful addresses make this book as helpful to people converting to water-, labor-, and ecology-conscious gardening as to those starting from scratch.

Author Biography: Heidi Gildemeister converted a maquis-covered western Mediterranean landscape into a thriving ten-acre garden and became a pioneer of waterwise gardening in the Mediterranean region. A gardener of long and varied experience, she has gardened in Switzerland, the Andes, and on the Peruvian coast. She lectures worldwide and has contributed to The Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. She is a member of the Botanical Society of South Africa, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and the International Dendrology Society and is a founding member and former president of the Mediterranean Garden Society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236479
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/21/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.63(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Introduction and Acknowledgements8
Ch. 1The Environment10
The Mediterranean Climate: A Review of the Background12
The Dominant Forces: Assets and Challenges16
Mediterranean Plant Communities: Plant Life through the Seasons20
Native Drought-Tolerant Plants: How they Function and Survive24
The Soil: Its Structure, Life and Care28
Ch. 2Waterwise Garden Planning and Design32
The Way Ahead: Water-saving Gardening in Eight Steps34
Step 1Planning Your Garden36
Step 2Creating Plant Cover and Shade40
Step 3Using Drought-Tolerant Plants44
Step 4Reducing the Lawn, Alternatives46
Step 5Grouping Plants for Water Needs52
Step 6Planning Water Management54
Step 7Using Water-Saving Practices56
Step 8A Waterwise Garden for all Seasons58
Ch. 3Waterwise Gardencraft60
Planting or The Happiness of Roots62
Mulch. The Gardener's Ally66
Water. Its Wise Use70
Nutrition. Soil, the Primary Source74
Health. How to Prevent an early Death78
Pruning for Health, Growth and Flowering82
Weeds. Friend or Foe?84
Propagation. Simple Ways86
Maintenance90
Ch. 4Plant Selection92
How to Choose Drought-Tolerant Plants94
Plant Lists for Specific Uses96
1000 Drought-Tolerant Plants100
Glossary196
Useful Addresses197
Bibliography199
Index201

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