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Durable Plants for the Garden: A Plant Select Guide Paperback – January 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555915906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555915902
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Durable Plants for the Garden is a tool for every gardener who wants durable plants for our region's plant growing challenges. --KUNC Radio, February 2009

"...the stars are the plants themselves, each of them profiled in a two-page spread with comments on use, propagation, range, origin, needs, and -- gasp -- disadvantages... Me, I just want to fall into the pictures. I'm sort of dismayed that it's so gorgeous, because I know my copy will be well-thumbed and likely coffee-stained in no time. And oh, yeah -- I'll probably get it dirty. --Digging In Colorado, February 2009

"Go to your nearest book store and buy this book now. If you live in the Rocky Mountains, you will have your map for this season's gardening. If you live elsewhere, buy it anyway. You will gain a deep appreciation of the beauty and adaptability of a small slice of our plant world." -- The Bloomsbury Review, March 2009

"This oversized, lavishly illustrated volume aimed at Rocky Mountain-region gardeners is lovely enough for coffee table display, but is more likely to end up well-thumbed and dirt-stained. The 74 varieties of shrubs, grasses, and flowers profiled in Durable Plants for the Garden are introductions of the Plant Select program. This collaborative effort of Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, and regional landscape and nursery professionals aims to introduce plants adapted to our area's challenging climates and soils. Many are native to the Rockies and High Plains, others have proved themselves "durable" here. The heart of this beautifully designed book is arranged in four sections: Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines; Perennials; Perennial Groundcovers; and Annuals. Within these, each plant is profiled on a full two-page spread including close-up and garden photos and botanical illustrations, and narrative sections detailing why each was chosen for Plant Select, plus descriptions, habits, and advantages and disadvantages. Unlike the telegraphic text in many garden guides, these brief stories of botanical exploration and plant lives make compelling reading. The final section of the book is a series of tables summarizing the characteristics of each variety. My only complaint: the book's title. The plants described are far more than merely durable." --Zone 4, May 2009

"...the stars are the plants themselves, each of them profiled in a two-page spread with comments on use, propagation, range, origin, needs, and -- gasp -- disadvantages... Me, I just want to fall into the pictures. I'm sort of dismayed that it's so gorgeous, because I know my copy will be well-thumbed and likely coffee-stained in no time. And oh, yeah -- I'll probably get it dirty --Digging In Colorado, February 2009

"Go to your nearest book store and buy this book now. If you live in the Rocky Mountains, you will have your map for this season's gardening. If you live elsewhere, buy it anyway. You will gain a deep appreciation of the beauty and adaptability of a small slice of our plant world." --The Bloomsbury Review, March 2009

"This oversized, lavishly illustrated volume aimed at Rocky Mountain-region gardeners is lovely enough for coffee table display, but is more likely to end up well-thumbed and dirt-stained. The 74 varieties of shrubs, grasses, and flowers profiled in Durable Plants for the Garden are introductions of the Plant Select program. This collaborative effort of Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, and regional landscape and nursery professionals aims to introduce plants adapted to our area's challenging climates and soils. Many are native to the Rockies and High Plains, others have proved themselves "durable" here. The heart of this beautifully designed book is arranged in four sections: Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines; Perennials; Perennial Groundcovers; and Annuals. Within these, each plant is profiled on a full two-page spread including close-up and garden photos and botanical illustrations, and narrative sections detailing why each was chosen for Plant Select, plus descriptions, habits, and advantages and disadvantages. Unlike the telegraphic text in many garden guides, these brief stories of botanical exploration and plant lives make compelling reading. The final section of the book is a series of tables summarizing the characteristics of each variety. My only complaint: the book's title. The plants described are far more than merely durable." - --Zone 4, May 2009

A "documentary publication featuring the first seventy-four plants promoted by Plant Select" since the program began introducing plants in 1997. A collaborative effort between Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University, and green industry partners, this program focuses on promoting exceptional plants for the High Plains and intermountain region. Anyone who gardens in this area of the country will appreciate having at their fingertips this list of tough but beautiful plants that will thrive despite low rainfall, alkaline soils, strong winds, little winter snow cover, and other challenges that often make short work of lesser plants. Each entry includes brief notes about why it makes the cut, its characteristics and landscape uses, preferred cultural conditions, native range, and a list of its best features- all accompanied by color photographs and illustrations. --The American Gardener Magazine (July 2009) of Alexandria, VA "Gardener's Books: Regional Gardening Books"

Candid assessments of each plant and practical information about propagation make it an interesting ready for those looking for unusual additions to their garden. --Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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The photos make this book a coffee table book as much as a garden guide.

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If you live near the Denver metro area or the foothills this is a must have book.
Barb
Durable Plants for the Garden is a superior resource for anyone interested in xeriscape gardening.
charj
There is so much useful information and it is presented in a very easy to follow way.
Emily Bone

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Panayoti Kelaidis on December 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Anyone who gardens outdoors in the Intermountain West (from the Sierra Cascade crest to the Midwest) would benefit substantially from reading and owning this book. I suspect that even keen gardeners who live on the coasts could grow many of the plants contained herein, and certainly the lavish photography (and graceful paintings) depicting these plants in combination with one another and with similar plants should inspire anyone to create gardens in the brash, new Western style so much more in keeping with our intense sun, low rainfall and changeable climate. As a sometime player in Plant Select (a cooperative program between Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado State University and the horticultural industry nation wide) you may take my words with a grain of salt. Go ahead! Most dishes can use a dash of salt, and frankly this book is not just a platter but a banquet of gorgeous photographic images, concise history and data of each of the nearly 80 plants covered, with charts and data galore for those nerdy to the point of masochism. Yes, I did write one of the forewords, contributed a few pictures and some prose, but this is a truly massive effort with dozens of artists and photographers, and a sizeable village of contributors. Jim Henrich is to be commended (along with Fulcrum) for blending the potentially discordant voices into a resounding symphony of gorgeous art and valuable cultural information. I believe Plant Select is nothing less than drought insurance for our vast region, promising stunning landscapes needing little supplemental irrigation and fuss. I will treasure this book forever, and have already bought copies to give to friends across the country and abroad. Viva Waterwise Gardening! Long live Plant Select!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barb on May 22, 2009
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Durable Plants for the Garden features "Plant Select" trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, etc. tested & evaluated for conditions along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. If you live near the Denver metro area or the foothills this is a must have book. The illustrations, diagrams, and detailed information on each plant is like none other. Take this book with you to plant sales, design your gardens with the facts from this book, read for pleasure, or just support the folks at CSU & Denver Botanic Gardens who developed the ideas and put the book together. Finally, a book for our area!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Bone on February 3, 2009
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This book is absolutely perfect for someone like me who is a beginner gardener. There is so much useful information and it is presented in a very easy to follow way. Great pictures and descriptions help me tremendously when trying to identify and learn these awesome plants. Thanks for putting together the "Gardening for Dummies" book for me. It is a life-saver!!!
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Wow I finally have a copy of this book! It is very hard to find and (usually) much more expensive. Lots of beautiful illustrations, including one for each season to show you how every plant looks year round. Nominally for all of Colorado, but I have found a lot of very useful info about our little corner of Southwest Colorado. Very thorough and well researched. Highly recommend.
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By K. Truesdell on October 9, 2013
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I was looking for drought tolerant plants to use in my landscape design. This book offers some helpful solutions to planting in dry conditions.
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Solid Info in a great format - easy to read and to process - helped me make planting decisions quickly and easily!
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As a budding permaculturist in Denver, I really got excited when I found this book because it focused on plants good for my area. The plants highlighted in this book are wonderful for Xeriscape. My only criticism is I wish they would have highlighted which plants have edible elements in an easier way. For instance, a chart in the index the highlighted the edible elements of all of the plants included would have been ideal for my needs. I'd like to know quickly which plants have edible roots, leaves or flowers without having to read the entire book. Another idea is to create symbols for each plant- low water, medium water, high water, partial shade, full sun, wind exposure, edible, etc etc.
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By Bliss on January 9, 2015
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For those of us trying to use more native plants, or those seeking plants adapted to the challenges of the Northern Great Plains, this is a godsend. Now we just have to get our local garden centers to carry these!
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