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The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book) [Paperback]

by Editors of Sunset Magazine
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February 7, 2012 0376039205 978-0376039200 9

As surely as gardens change with the seasons, gardening is ever changing. New plants, techniques, materials, and lifestyles are constantly broadening the choices you have and reshaping the way you garden in the West. In response to this natural evolution, the editors of Sunset-the West's most trusted source of gardening information for more than 80 years-have completely redesigned and updated The Western Garden Book in this new 2012 Ninth Edition. Following the best-selling success of the previous editions of The Western Garden Book, this edition includes a fresh new look, thousands of color photographs, fresh illustrations, and an easy-to-follow format. Written by experts for gardeners in the West, this book is an indispensable reference for beginning and expert gardeners alike.

The New Western Garden Book features include:
A photo gallery shows the West's most innovative gardens, from all-edibles front yards to stylish water-wise and fire-wise gardens to living walls and green roofs-all with ideas you can use.
Climate Zone Maps and growing-season graphs for all regions of the West including Alaska and Hawaii.
A new "Plant Finder" section helps you choose plants for their garden's problem areas or for special effects.
"A to Z Plant Encyclopedia" lists some 8,000 plants that thrive in the West, including more than 500 new ones. Gorgeous color photographs illustrate all plant entries-for the first time ever in The Western Garden Book.
"Gardening From Start to Finish" is a new visual guide that leads readers through all steps of making a garden, from soil prep through planting, growing and care, with special sections on natives, veggies, grasses and more.


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About the Author

For more than half a century, Sunset has been helping readers remodel their homes and improve their lives. Sunset has a circulation of over 1.1 million and a readership of 5.325 million.


Product Details

  • Series: Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 9 edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376039205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376039200
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing June 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
I usually buy each new edition of this book when it comes out. But this edition really missed the boat. The value of the book was that if you buy a plant that is new to you, you could find it in the book because the plants are cross referenced by common names - they redirect one to the proper name. In the new book this is missing. There is no way to find a plant unless you know the proper name in advance. For a lot of the plants I buy, I don't know the proper name, and I've been gardening for more than 50 years.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy I updated from the eighth edition February 22, 2012
By andy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was hesitant to purchase the new edition since my old one still has its binding on it. I am very happy I did. It says there are over 500 new plants. I really like the new section in the back of the book "Gardening, Start to Finish" it includes Plan, Dig, Plant, Containers, and a large section called Grow, it is broken down into sections like; trees, veggies, herbs, vines, natives, succulents, etc.

In the old edition, in the beginning there is a section called "A Guide to Plant Selection" (includes special effects, special situation, and basic landscaping) it is now called "Plant finder". The main difference is the new edition no longer has a symbol for the amount of water each plants uses, however, that information is still listed in the "encyclopedia" section.

Buy it, you will be happy you did, it is the best gardening book you can own!
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If you're a gardener on the West Coast, you already know this book is a must-have. The only real question is, will you upgrade to the new edition? You may be wondering how different it could be from the old version. Well, for one, it has photos in the encyclopedia. Yep, the charming but often-frustrating illustrations have been replaced with vivid, beautiful photographs. And thank god, they put back the plant index, which was missing in the last edition.

The Plant Finder lists in the front have been revamped, with the old sections on broad categories of plants such as "annuals, "vines" and "ferns" replaced with more useful sections on "ornamental edibles", "plants that attract beneficial insects", "sculptural plants", "plants for moon gardens" and more. Altogether a solid improvement, given the Plant Finder lists are already broken down by type of plant. Having "trees" listed separately was kind of overkill given that you'd be better served by going to the section that most matches your garden, such as "plants for shade", and looking for tree ideas there.

Even better is the thematic direction they're taking. There's a definitely move towards clever sustainability and a contemporary style. While I buy the book for the Plant Finder lists and encyclopedia, I confess that the new emphasis on gorgeous design had me sitting down to read more carefully. The sections in the back about different ways to use both small and large succulent plants had me jotting down ideas. I just wish the book had a "pin it" button so I could add the pics to my Pinterest boards!

My very favorite aspect of the new book is their serious discussion of regional design. A garden should have a sense of place and reflect the region it grows in.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Older version is way better! April 26, 2012
By Looseyb
Format:Paperback
I'm very disappointed with the new version of this book. Yes, there are some new plants, but there are also a lot of entries that are no longer in the book. I was tempted to send it back, but for $20 it didn't seem worth it. The drawings in the previous version were way more informative than the photos in this book are. For example check out "Araucaria" and compare the old version to the new. I liked the entries in the old book which give you common names then the Latin names so you can go look up the plant. In my opinion, this book is a step back, not forward.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Essential section missing April 16, 2012
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Finally broke down and purchased the 2012 New Western Garden Book to replace my worn 1972 edition. While it is beautifully seductive with 4-color throughout, did I miss something? The entire section on Propagation Techniques was absent so was glad I hadn't yet donated my trusty 1972 edition to the local library.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars left out and forgotten March 30, 2012
By dmp
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This new garden guide is a disappointment when compared to the last issue of the guide. First, the "hard cover" is cheap and flimsy. Entries in the latest version are missing as I checked the two side by side. I find the new format awkward. The beautiful layout pictures for specialized areas for garden areas are greatly reduced. I am sorry to say that the current issue of this guide is a drastic disappointment when compared to the earlier books that had the look and feel of a fine reference guide.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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The Sunset Western Garden Book is the gardener's bible in the western US. I'm a Master Gardener and we recommend this book over all other general books for the home gardener. It has pretty much anything a home gardener will need or want to know. Don't buy it if you live east of the Rockies because it won't apply to you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like to old book May 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The new book lists many outdoor plants but does not include when to plant, in what kind of soil, and how to prune. Does not include indoor plants. The old book did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner Gardener
The 2014 book is fantastic. A little hard to get used to at first since I do not know all the scientific names of the plants but after you get acclimated on how to use the... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Tasha
4.0 out of 5 stars All That You Ever Wanted to Know....
Having moved to the PNW from drought stricken Texas, I lack familiarity with gardening here. The organization of the book may be fine after I know what I am looking for, e.g. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Resource
Well-organized.
Lists of plants for various uses is very helpful.
Discussion of climate zones is helpful,
Comprehensive encyclopedia of plants.
Good photos.
Published 2 days ago by Mark Boykin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Skinny Jay Review!!!
I have been using the Sunset Western Garden Books for a few decades now. They are a staple of any Landscape Architecture office. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Skinny Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
I love this book! I do wish that they included the common names under photos, for us less savvy gardeners. :)
Published 16 days ago by Amelie Black
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it used to be
I have had this book before (older version) and the older version is SO much better than this one. The older version had a lot more information on each plant. Read more
Published 17 days ago by m rollins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good book with a lot of different plant varieties and descriptions great for finding a play name you are not sure of
Published 19 days ago by Victor Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening Joy
I recently enrolled in a WSU Master Gardener course. This book has been invaluable for picking plants for my own landscape as well as identifying plants that do well in my area. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Hoodlum51
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
"Nowadays you can always use pinterest or any other blog to get some ideas of how to take care of our plants etc., we don't need that. Read more
Published 21 days ago by J&N
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference book for plant selection
Wonderful reference book! A person can find just about every known plant in this area and all of the attributes of the plant. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ruth M. Jones
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