The Weather-Resilient Garden: A Defensive Approach to Palling and Landscaping

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When bad weather happens to good gardens, most gardening books aren't much help. Stepping into the breach is The Weather-Resilient Garden, a comprehensive one-of-a-kind, region-by-region reference on how to plan and grow a garden that will flourish in normal conditions and be hardy enough to survive and thrive despite drought, salt, flooding, ice, snow, lightning, hail, high winds, extreme hot or cold spells, and even fire.

As part of his "defensive gardening" approach, ...

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Overview

When bad weather happens to good gardens, most gardening books aren't much help. Stepping into the breach is The Weather-Resilient Garden, a comprehensive one-of-a-kind, region-by-region reference on how to plan and grow a garden that will flourish in normal conditions and be hardy enough to survive and thrive despite drought, salt, flooding, ice, snow, lightning, hail, high winds, extreme hot or cold spells, and even fire.

As part of his "defensive gardening" approach, horticulturist Charles W. G. Smith provides an encyclopedic list of resilient plants, with specific advice for each region of the United States. And for gardeners who regard "hardy" as a synonym for "unattractive," be assured that the plants Smith recommends are as beautiful as they are resilient.

Of course, sometimes weather is so violent that even the hardiest gardens are damaged. For those situations, Smith offers detailed problem-solving advice for every possibility—-from something as simple as a tree that has lost a limb to a flooded lawn, uprooted plants, or damaged soil. He even explains what preventive measures you can take to minimize the damage when you know bad weather is on its way.

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Editorial Reviews

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“His advice is worth heeding for any gardener who wants his or her time and effort to pay off every year, regardless of the weather.”

-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“In addition to sound gardening advice, the book is chock-full of fascinating and useful information.”

-Detroit News and Free Press

“Blend an encyclopedia of 100 hardy plants with expert advice on how to organize a garden for inclement weather and you have a solid key to a lasting, beautiful garden.

-The Midwest Book Review

“From evaluating the landscape for problem areas to selecting plants that are as resilient as they are beautiful, Smith shows readers how to plant a gorgeous garden that is tough enough to withstand anything nature might deliver.”

-Michigan Gardener

Library Journal
No one can weatherproof a garden against a devastating tornado, but prudent planning-including sound horticultural practices and wise plant selection-can help limit damage and sustain the garden through the harshest weather conditions. In his engaging new book, horticulturist and naturalist Smith (The Big Book of Gardening Secrets) does a thorough job explaining the fundamental gardening practices necessary to defend against what he refers to as really bad weather: cold, humidity, wind, lightning, ice and snow, floods, fire, drought, salt, hail, and heat. In addition to outlining preventative measures, Smith offers specific remedies to salvage plants and trees affected by severe weather conditions. He also includes a list of the top 100 weather-resilient perennials, vines and ground covers, shrubs, and trees. The text addresses all North American hardiness zones, is illustrated, and includes a useful resource list of plants, products, and supplies. There are not many current titles on this topic; Lauren Springer's comparable The Undaunted Garden is ten years old. Recommended as a solid resource for both public and academic libraries.-Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175166
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/25/2004
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,443,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A former horticulturalist for White Flower Farm, Charles W.G. Smith has also been an instructor of vocational agriculture. He has written about gardening and environmental issues for more than a decade. He is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs, The Weather-Resilient Garden, and Raptor!

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Creating a Weather-Resilient Garden 1
Part 2 Really Bad Weather: Healing Methods and Fresh Starts 35
Cold 38
Ice and Snow 63
Salt 90
Flood 112
Drought 145
Fire 174
Hail 200
Heat 219
Humidity 247
Lightning 265
Wind 287
Part 3 Top 100 Weather-Resilient Plants 323
Perennials 324
Shrubs 342
Trees 350
Vines and Ground Covers 365
Ornamental Grasses 371
Annuals 376
Lawn Grasses 382
Appendix 385
Supplies and Resources 386
Further Reading 388
USDA Hardiness Zone Map 389
Botanic to Common Name Index 390
General Index 396
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