From the Publisher
“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.”
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.