Newcomers to the Southwest usually find that their favorite landscape plants aren't suited to the hot, dry climate. Many authors offer advice on adapting plants to the desert; now Mary Irish tells how gardeners can better adapt themselves to the challenge. Drawing on her experience with public horticulture in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Irish explores the vexations and delights of desert gardening. She offers practical advice on plants and gardening practices for anyone who lives in the Southwest, from El Paso to Palm Springs, Tucson to Las Vegas.
Dedicated to gardeners from west Texas to the eastern edges of California, the experts at Sunset magazine and Sunset Books have created this comprehensive regional landscaping guide to the splendor and drama of Gardening in the Southwest. Amidst a cultural backdrop, stunning photo galleries showcase signature southwest garden environs. Essential reference information focuses on microclimates, soil attributes, seasonal factors, and native plants. An extensive section is devoted to design elements-shade structures, water features, firepits, and more.
Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest is a must have resource for any Southwest gardener facing water-shortages. It is filled with expert advice from proven low-water gardeners, and includes everything from using tried and true low water use plants in the landscape, efficient watering and cultivation tips from planting to maturity, to new water-wise cultivars and species. The book features inspirational photos of low-water residential landscapes and more than 100 plant recommendations with helpful icons for ease of use. Also included is an extensive reference guide with listings of botanical and water conservation demonstration gardens, educational opportunities, irrigation suppliers, technical support, websites, and professional organizations.
The high desert region comprising New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas offers a challenge to gardeners and landscapers. But pleasing and rewarding gardens and lawns can be achieved with a proper understanding of the soil, climate, and special needs of the southern Rockies. This is the first comprehensive guide to trees, lawns, and flower and vegetable gardens keyed to this unique desert environment. As in her popular column in the Albuquerque Journal, horticulturist Lynn Doxon answers common questions and provides practical and specific advice for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Tips for beginning new yards and maintaining established ones, including information on watering, fertilization, pruning, insect control, and converting older lawns to xeriscapes, are presented in this thorough and detailed guide.
Drawing upon her vast knowledge of perennials and how they perform in the arid Southwest, Mary Irish has produced the definitive guide for gardeners who want to create lush, colorful gardens while keeping artificial irrigation to a minimum. This book will help Southwest gardeners meet the challenge of growing perennials successfully by providing inspired, practical information on how to design dry-climate gardens and an AZ guide to 156 proven plants. Each entry includes the plant's scientific and common names, distribution, cultural needs, drought tolerance, and ornamental characteristics. Written in a clear, reader-friendly style and profusely illustrated with sparkling color photographs, this invaluable volume makes Irish's expertise available to every gardener.
A guide to gardening in the Intermountain West, which includes parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Introduction: developing a regional aesthetic -- Gardening is different here -- The essentials-soil, water, and garden maintenance -- Of rocks and rock gardening -- Gardening in shade -- Plants for the Mountain West.
Gary Paul Nabhan is one of the world's experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands. For this book he has visited indigenous and traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America, to learn firsthand their techniques and designs aimed at reducing heat and drought stress on orchards, fields, and dooryard gardens.
Because climatic uncertainty has now become "the new normal," many farmers, gardeners and orchard-keepers in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt their food production to become more resilient in the face of such "global weirding." This book draws upon the wisdom and technical knowledge from desert farming traditions all around the world to offer time-tried strategies.
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