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Plants For Dry Climates: How To Select, Grow, And Enjoy, Revised Edition Paperback – September 26, 2001

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"A splendid introduction to desert gardening." -- Sun City News-Sun 03/21/04

"An extensive reference book...a good book to daydream over when planning a desert garden." -- New Mexico Magazine, 8/02

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

About the Author

Mary Rose Duffield is an award-winning landscape architect with an active practice designing landscapes throughout the Southwest. She has been instrumental in the development of the new Southwest regional style in landscape design, which emphasizes native plants. Warren Jones is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A retired professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arizona, he now serves on the advisory board of the Boyce Thompson Southwest Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. He is the co-author of Landscape Plants for Dry Regions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Revised edition (September 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555612512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555612511
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The plant dictionary is very thorough, and helpful.The color photos are an excellent tool for someone who is unfamiliar with plants for dry regions. Information is easy to find, and to the point.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1997
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The authors start out with the background information regarding the environment and basic
gardening techniques. Then the book provides in-depth information on the suitable plants along with photographs. These detailed descriptions
are very useful and clear. I highly recommend
to anyone who is thinking or just want to know about xeriscaping.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "valdez@chapman.edu" on July 27, 2003
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I borrowed 3 books related to xeriscaping from the library. This was an absolute find, well-organized, full color pictures, with water, soil and sun requirements listed. I chose it as my one MUST have book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
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Although this book supposedly covers my region of New Mexico, I found so little in it that applied to me that I am returning it. Three-fourths of the book is a plant reference, and most of the plants are not cold hardy below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, making about half the book wasted paper as far as I am concerned. Also, a lot of xeric standards for this region are missing.
If you can, check the map on pages 2-3 to make sure that you live in the Low or Middle regions (as I write this, the map is included in the scanned pages here on Amazon, but isn't displaying properly). For the High region, I recommend instead any of the books by Judith Phillips, who writes toward climates that are slightly wetter and somewhat cooler than the ones that are the focus here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David F. Nolan on June 11, 2007
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This is one of two gardening books we bought after moving to Arizona two years ago; the other is "Arizona Gardener's Guide" by Mary Irish. Of the two, this is probably the more informative, but the wealth of information it contains is not presented in the most user-friendly way. Plants are listed using their proper botanical names (i.e. in Latin) rather than the common names that most people are likely to be familiar with. The photography is first-rate, and the "how to" explanations are mostly clear and easy to follow. If you live in Arizona, and only want to buy one book, I'd recommend the Arizona Gardener's Guide, as it is AZ-specific. If you live outside Arizona, this is probably the better choice -- although you might want to buy both, as they have different strengths.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hogue on February 17, 2006
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This is a great book for the desert landscaper. I live in the big bend area of Texas and have been looking for something like this for a long time. It's easy to read, lets you know what elevation, rainfall, water needs, sun etc. that particular plant need to thrive. It's written so the lay person can understand it with just the amount of information for gardner/lanscaper needs. Has been a big help in finishing up landscaping projects I've been doing and on the projects I am starting.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2002
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Southwest gardeners who live in very dry areas will benefit from Mary Rose Duffield and Warren Jones' Plants For Dry Climates, an informative, "user friendly" book which tells how to build and maintain a landscape on very little water. Plants For Dry Climates and a focus on organizing a planting area based on usage makes for a title which tells how plants can improve the climate around one's house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Coleman on March 9, 2007
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i live in Arizona, and knowing what kinds of plants to plant here and how they are to be taken care of is important..so that is why i needed this book...and it is very informative..thank...
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