Synopses & Reviews
Gardening is now the favorite outdoor leisure activity in America. Homeowners realize the health benefits available from gardening and the potential increase in their home's property value. Regional gardening titles offer the most useful advice because they provide credible information on the plants that perform best in specific states. Gardeners want information they can trust and use successfully in their own gardens. The Arizona Gardener's Guide is a full-color plant selection resource guide written especially for Arizona gardeners. It includes the top 175 landscape plants as recommended by one of Arizona's most respected horticultural experts.
Southwest gardeners face the challenges of gardening with minimal water, and difficult soil and climate conditions. The Southwest Gardener’s Resource addresses these challenges and offers expert advice on everything from plant selections to how-to information for proper planting, pruning, watering and care. With hundreds of plant choices from more than ten plant categories, gardeners can choose the plants that best fit their climate and sun and shade requirements. Full-color images and recommended plant companions make planning your garden and choosing the right plants easy. Twelve months of when-to advice for each plant category helps Southwest gardeners keep their gardens growing.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 254-255) and index.
'Tailored specifically to the desert climate of Arizona, this guide is the most trusted source for choosing the best plants for a beautiful garden. Contains tips on landscape selections, full-color photos for identification, and hundreds of cultivars and varieties of plant life.\n
The Southwest Gardener’s Resource is filled with need-to-know information from proven low-water gardening experts who include their collective wisdom in one complete guide for anyone gardening in the Southwest. In addition to the hundreds of proven plants, this resource has monthly-to do calendars assisting gardeners with the proper care and timing for everything from planting to watering. Water-wise plant selections and advice on gardening with less water addresses the challenges of gardening in the Southwest.\\n
About the Author
Mary Irish: Mary Irish has an extensive background in horticulture, having served as an author, lecturer, educator, and garden writer. She is an accomplished gardener who has lived in Arizona for more than 20 years. Irish assisted thousands of gardeners through the years as the Director of Public Horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, during which time she managed the botanical garden’s Plant Introduction and Sales Programs. Mary has author numerous books on southwest gardening including Month-By-Month Gardening in the Desert Southwest, Month-By-Month Gardening in the Deserts of Nevada and Arizona Gardener’s Guide for Cool Springs Press. In addition to her frequent contributions to regional and national publications, Irish regularly teaches classes on desert gardening, the use and cultivation of agaves, and the care and cultivation of succulents. Judith Phillips: Judith is a landscape designer, a nursery grower, a university lecturer, and garden writer. As a landscape designer, Phillips has designed hundreds of residential landscapes in New Mexico, many of which have won design awards. Phillips is the author of numerous books including the New Mexico Gardener’s Guide for Cool Springs Press. Judith has received recognition both for her work promoting native plants and water conservation, as well as for her writing. Her awards include: the City of Albuquerque Water Conservation Award; NPSOT Carroll Abbott Memorial Award for Natural by Design and Plants for Natural Gardens; NPSNM Lifetime Membership for contribution to the use of native plants in landscapes; and the City of Albuquerque Award of Merit for Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
Nan Sterman: Nan Sterman is a horticulturist and well-known garden writer who was the former editor of the San Diego Home, Garden and Lifestyle Magazine and is an award winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Tribune, Sunset Magazine, Organic Gardening magazine and many others. She is the author of the California Gardener’s Guide Volume II, which is about gardening with low water, climate appropriate plants that are low maintenance and use limited resources. Nan is an advisor to the San Diego Water Authority and answers the Water Smart Pipeline, a low water gardening hotline for the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon, California. Nan is well known for promoting the use of California native plants and other plants from low water, Mediterranean regions of the world. Nan is the co-producer and host of A Growing Passion, a television show about real-world, sustainable home gardening.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Gardening in the Southwest Annuals Bulbs Fruit Vegetables Herbs Ornamental Grass Palms Cactus, Succulents, Desert Perennials Perennials Roses Shrubs Trees Vines