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Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens Book Review

By Angela Youngman Nov 30, 2011, 21:21 GMT

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens  Book Review

In recent years, gardeners have faced increased water-use restrictions, and it\'s not limited to dry-climate areas like the Southwest. There are restrictions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. And even for gardeners with no water restrictions, low-water plants are key to a sustainable garden. Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is a practical guide to the best 200 plants guaranteed to thrive in low-water gardens. Plant entries provide ...more

Water is becoming a more restricted commodity.  It is not automatically available to everyone at all times of the year - periods of drought are all too common.  As a result, plants have to be chosen much more carefully.

Fortunately, as this book shows, it doesn't mean that the range of plants is too restrictive.  Landscapes which use less water do not have be boring.  This practical and inspiring guide covers 200 drought tolerant plants suitable for all climates. The plants are both adaptable and have tremendous ornamental value. 

Each of the entries gives a full description of light requirements, soil preferences, and the size to which they will eventually grow. An interesting aspect is the indication as to whether the plant is rarely browsed by deer, or attracts bees.  

Some of the suggestions are unusual ones such as liatris punctata, California fuchsia, Autumn embers muhly and the cardinal climber.  A useful, practical guide which will be valued by gardeners. 

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