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Beth Chatto's Gravel Gardens
Beth Chatto
0711214255
Mar 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
The author of several gardening classics, including The Dry Garden and The Damp Garden, British horticulturist Beth Chatto has once again documented her gardening adventures in Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden. A woman with a true love of soil (no matter how temperamental) and plant life, Chatto set out to create a lovely, viable garden in her gravelly, sandy soil. The challenge to find flowers and shrubs that would survive and thrive in this dry environment became an eight-year experiment that resulted in a beautiful, original gravel garden ranging over three-quarters of an acre.

Chatto takes us through the process step by step, beginning with conceptualization. How can she turn a former parking lot into a prospering garden? She notes that We all find a haze of bluebells beneath beeches, primroses on clay soil beneath oaks,...



Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide
Connie Lockhart Ellefson (Photographer)
1565794958
April 2004
Paperback
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Water
Susan McClure
0761117784
Mar 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
In The Hands-On Gardener: Water, Susan McClure, author of Smith & Hawken Seeds and Propagation, clears up one of the most common yet mystifying problems gardeners face--the right way to deliver the right amount of water to the right plant at the right time. Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, Water shows how to have your garden and water, too, and covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems--from the old-fashioned watering can to sophisticated drip and trickle irrigation; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.

From the Publisher
Also in the Hands-On Gardener series: Composting, Seeds and Propagation, Pests, and...


Xeriscape for Central Texas: A Water-Wise Approach to Home Landscaping
Janie Bolger
0967906911
February 2003
Paperback
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The Xeriscape Flower Gardener: A Waterwise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region
Jim Knopf
1555660770
April 1991
Paperback
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About the Author
Jim Knopf is a landscape architect specializing in Rocky Mountain Xeriscape design and a consultant to regional water boards. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, and lectures and teaches classes on Xeriscaping throughout the Rocky Mountain region.


Creating the Prairie Xeriscape: Low Maintenance, Water-Efficient Gardening
Sara Williams
0888803575
June 1997
Paperback
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Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden
Beth Chatto
0670892602
May 1, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
The author of several gardening classics, including The Dry Garden and The Damp Garden, British horticulturist Beth Chatto has once again documented her gardening adventures in Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden. A woman with a true love of soil (no matter how temperamental) and plant life, Chatto set out to create a lovely, viable garden in her gravelly, sandy soil. The challenge to find flowers and shrubs that would survive and thrive in this dry environment became an eight-year experiment that resulted in a beautiful, original gravel garden ranging over three-quarters of an acre.

Chatto takes us through the process step by step, beginning with conceptualization. How can she turn a former parking lot into a prospering garden? She notes that We all find a haze of bluebells beneath beeches, primroses on clay soil beneath oaks,...



Xeriscape Color Guide
David Winger (Editor)
1555913911
January 1998
Paperback
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Xeriscape Gardening: Water Conservation for the American Landscape
Connie Lockhart Ellefson, et al
0026141256


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From Publishers Weekly
As the authors of this superb volume take great pains to point out, a Xeriscape (a trademark developed by a Colorado task force) landscape consists not merely of "a few forlorn cacti surrounded by gravel." Rather, it is an outdoor environment that can flourish "without pouring thousands of gallons of expensively purified water down the drain in the process." Surely this is a concept whose time has come nationwide, given the recent droughts in the Northeast and South, in addition to an ongoing water crisis in the West. Garden writer Ellefson, landscape architect Stephens and water management expert Welsh take the reader firmly by the hand and concisely explain how to conceive, design and install a Xeriscape home landscape anywhere in the country. It's all here, from a comparison of mulch materials to what...


The Dry Garden
Beth Chatto, Thomas Fischer
0898310474


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Book Description
A classic book which has revoltionised the understanding of the problems involved with dry gardens and opened up many opportunities for gardens in our new Mediterranean conditions.

About the Author
Beth Chatto runs her own "Garden and Nursery for Unusual Plants" at Elmstead Market, near Colchester in England. Winner of ten Gold Medals at Chelsea, she has also been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour and Lawrence Memorial Medal. Her previous books, The Dry Garden and The Damp Garden, were republished in 1996 by Sagapress.


Xeriscape Handbook: A how-to-Guide to Natural, Resource-Wise Gardening
Gayle Weinstein
1555913466
March 1999
Paperback
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A Desert Gardener's Companion
Kim Nelson, Paul Mirocha
1887896201
April 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
For old hands or inexperienced newcomers, A Desert Gardener's Companion is the essential reference for creating and maintaining a bountiful and environmentally sensitive Southwestern gardens. Master Gardener Kim Nelson provides a wealth of information in an easy-to-use seasonal format, covering what to do week-by-week in the desert climates of Southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, southern New Mexico, and West Texas. Nelson covers everything from planting agave americana to mulching melons to adding zinc chelates to desert soils: one hundred sixty specific topics in all. Delightful drawings by noted nature artist Paul Mirocha demonstrate proper planting and pruning techniques, suggest complimentary landscape groupings, and illustrate specific low water-use plants. No other single volume provides as much useful...


Xeriscape Plant Guide: 100 Water-Wise Plants for Gardens and Landscapes
Fulcrum Publishing
1555912532
March 1999
Paperback
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American Horticultural Society Practical Guides: Water-wise Gardening
DK Publishing
0789441616


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Book Review
Full of solid, practical advice and plenty of how-to pictures, Water-Wise Gardening is an ideal title for those looking to garden in dry climates. Focusing on appropriate plants for areas troubled by drought, you'll find direction for growing healthy plants and creating your own unique haven. Style options range from Mediterranean kitchen gardens to Southwestern blooming deserts and rockeries. Designed to be a complete do-it-yourself guide, don't let the small format of this book fool you--it's absolutely jam-packed with ideas for all styles of gardens, and as always, publisher Dorling Kindersley manages to take fairly complicated projects and reduce them to a manageable size that even the home improvement novice can handle.

Practical considerations are dealt with firmly--no skipping such detail work like drawing up...



Xeriscaping: Planning & Planting Low-Water Gardens (The Wayside Gardens Collection)
Mark Rumary
0806942312
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
“You’ll find detailed descriptions, illustrations, and invaluable knowledge for figuring out which plants are suited to your low-water gardens....Excellent design tips...help gardeners create gardens that look beautiful.”—The Nursery. “A wonderful variety of plants...water-wise gardening, as well as the steps involved in creating a successful dry garden.”—Gardening Life.


Plants for Dry Climates: How to Select, Grow and Enjoy
Mary Rose Duffield
1555612512
September 2001
Paperback
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New Mexico Magazine, 8/02
"An extensive reference book...a good book to daydream over when planning a desert garden."

Phoenix Home & Garden March 2004
"The first comprehensive plant book devoted to the growing conditions of our region...An essential resource."

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Dry-Land Gardening: A Xeriscaping Guide for Dry-Summer, Cold-Winter Climates
Jennifer Bennett
1552092216
March 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Offering proof that xeriscaping has escaped its Southwestern confines, this focused gardening guide is specially aimed at northern zones 4 and 5 in Canada and the U.S., where crippling winter cold conspires with dry, windy summers to vanquish visions of English borders and Savannah edens. Dry-land gardens sport an altogether different look: they're brighter and more open, with a predominance of ground covers and ornamental grasses. Bennett (The New Northern Gardener), who gardens on limestone in Ontario, has assembled master lists of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and ground covers (including lawn grasses) that will thrive on minimal water. Most compelling, though, are the author's personal reflections and practical advice on watering, i.e., the virtues of rainwater over treated water (it's soft and free);...

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