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Mediterranean Gardening: A Waterwise Approach

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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 waterand#151;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.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-200) and index.


A large-format, beautifully illustrated, complete guide to gardening in a California and Mediterraean-like climates, defined as ones in which winters are wet and summers are bone dry.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Christopher Brickell

Introduction and Acknowledgements

Chapter One: The Environment

The Medditerranean Climate: A Review of the Background

The Dominant Forces: Assets and Challenges

Mediterranean Plant Communities: Plant Life through the Seasons

Native Drought-Tolerant Plants: How They Function and Survive

The Soil: Its Structure, Life and Care

Chapter Two: Waterwise Garden Planning and Design

The Way Ahead: Water-saving Gardening in Eight Steps

Step 1 - Planning Your Garden

Step 2 - Creating Plant Cover and Shade

Step 3 - Using Drought-tolerant Plants

Step 4 - Reducing the Lawn, Alternatives

Step 5 - Grouping Plants for Water Needs

Step 6 - Planning Water Management

Step 7 - Using Water-saving Practices

Step 8 - A Waterwise Garden for All Seasons

Chapter Three: Waterwise Gardencraft

Planting or The Happiness of Roots

Mulch. The Gardener's Ally

Water. Its Wise Use

Nutrition. Soil, the Primary Source

Health. How to Prevent an early Death

Pruning for Health, Growth and Flowering

Weeds. Friend or Foe?

Propagation. Simple Ways


Chapter Four: Plant Selection

How to Choose Drought-Tolerant Plants

Plant Lists for Specific Uses

1000 Drought-tolerant Plants


Useful Addresses



Product Details

Brickell, Christopher
University of California Press
Foreword by:
Brickell, Christopher
Brickell, Christopher
Gildemeister, Heidi
Landscape gardening
Drought-tolerant plants.
Climatic - General
Landscape gardening -- Water conservation.
Gardening : General
General Gardening
Edition Number:
1st Calif. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
356 color illustrations
10.22x7.74x.63 in. 1.84 lbs.

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