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This book is for the active gardener yearning for continued intelligent, informative counsel. Weather-resilient planting is discussed in terms of all types of plants that have been proven--in the author's own garden--to withstand such extreme situations as dry shade or hail. She is a veritable fount of horticultural wisdom, presenting a range of topics that encompasses far more than simply weather resilience. The most eye-opening facet of this book (and one sure to intrigue avid gardeners) is the wealth of references to unusual plant varieties not found in most gardening books. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Lauren Springer has created a classic work about plant composition...Her gardener'snet is flung worldwide to capture the most beautiful species and those most effortless to grow." —Fine Gardening Magazine

"This is the 'tough plants for tough places' idea done to perfection." —National Gardening

"Lauren Springer has the gift of infectious enthusiasm, and as a gardener, writer, and photographer she takes her place among the best." —American Horticulturalist

"One of the most sensible and helpful garden books to come along in years." —Harrowsmith Country Life

"One of the earliest, and still best, books on the topic (of draught-tolerant plants)." —This Old House Magazine

"Hundreds of Lauren Springer's luminous photographs illustrate an enormously painterly approach to garden design." — Nina Williams, editor, Country Living Gardener

"A witty, lyrical manifesto for gardening in continental regions. This is a horticultural chinook blasting stale ideas and cliches out of the way." —Panayoti Kelaidis, curator, Rock Alpine Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens

"An instant classic! Lauren Springer's ground-breaking book broadens the horizons of every gardener working in difficult climates. It is practical, passionate, and persuasive..." —Rob Proctor, author of The Outdoor Potted

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; Second Edition edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555917070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555917074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kathy King on February 16, 2000
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I have checked this book out at the public library so many times I wonder if anyone else had a chance! I live at 7300 feet, and appreciate Ms. Springer's attention to our unique weather problems. But I first read the book when I lived at 200 feet, and everything worked for that altitude, too. She advises on those tough places in your garden, like Dry Shade, and includes tons of recomendations on annuals, long blooming perennials, and 'roses for the realist'. You can always get basic gardening advice from those encyclopedia garden books - Ms. Springer shows you how to put plants together for a great look. Her photographs are breathtaking! Do not go another season without purchasing this book!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Shari Hogan on November 17, 1999
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Lauren Springer has written an entertaining, informative and beautifully photographed book! She is obviously well educated in her field yet came across like the wife and mom with hobbies that she also is. This made me feel like even I, the novice gardener and homemaker new to the high desert, could also have a colorful landscape. We have the additional challenge of living on forty arid acres off-the-grid so water comes only from nature or on a truck. I had a fantasy of turning this barren land into a lush paradise, but was paralyzed by the overwhelming task ahead and fear of failure, before THIS BOOK. Now there's a plan! The first steps in soil preparation have finally begun, seeds started, and a few trees even planted! This book stands out among dozens of others because Ms. Springer "talked" to me like a neighbor over coffee. Down to earth, logical comments along with the education made me feel like I could relate and accomplish anything; "failures" will now only be learning experiences and compost material. For anyone living in dry, high, hot summers and cold winters like here in No. Arizona and Denver, make this the anchor book in your gardening library ("Dry-Land Gardening" by Jennifer Bennet is also a great addition). I'll probably buy any of this author's future publications, regardless of the subject, because this one was so well written. Thanks, Lauren!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
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As a landscape designer, I have found Lauren's book 'The Undaunted Garden : Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty' to be as important a tool as pruners, shovels and trowels.
By dividing plant lists into groups that agree with every kind of climate around a building, I can quickly go 'there' and select just the right plant(s). Then I can fantasize about and enrich my knowledge of others. The listing of not-well-known natives and adapted plants is breathtaking and should spur the nursery trade into a production frenzy. I especially love the color and textural combinations pictured. The photography of these plant alliances is so delicious that I get hungry for dirt under my nails just by looking at the cover! Imagine how it helps the novice gardener create a great garden with fewer mistakes.
If you live in the Rocky Mountains, The Undaunted Garden is a must. If you live on a prairie, even better. It's also a gift that I'm going to send my Dad now that he's planting his own Xeriscape.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For those of us who live in the western states, this book is an invaluable rescource. Ms. Sprenger offers great advice on learning how to cope with poor soil conditions (such as sand and clay), how to acheive a lushly planted look by relying on hearty (yet beautiful) native plants that won't let you down when the going gets tough, and absolutely wonderful planting designs and combinations. Her style is engaging and entertaining to read, as well as forthright and full of plenty of personal anecdotes and tidbits. Her photogrophy alone is worth the price of the book. Even if you don't live with poor soil, nasty weather and a stunted growing season, there's much to learn here. A great book, one of my favorites! A destined 'green' classic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H+E on February 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
A great book for plant lovers in the high plains, or the high desert. This book contains inspiring photographs and great plant lists (the most valuable part of the book, as these lists are nowhere to be found elsewhere), as well as wise advise from a well experienced gardener. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading nearly every page of this book. On the downside, the plants in the book may be difficult to find, unless you join a rock garden club and grow the plants from seed. I wish the plant portrait section was three times as big. But overall, this book is indispensible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 21, 2001
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In The Undaunted Garden: Planting For Weather-Resilient Beauty, gardening expert offers the novice gardener a wonderfully written, illustrated and presented guide to the art and science of growing and maintaining a lovely year-round garden despite harsh climatic conditions. Here are to be found all the information, guidance, tools, and ideas and inspiration to achieving a healthy garden suited to environmental conditions. Springer's informative and engaging text is enhanced with lists of more than 1,000 attractive, resilient plants; complete and detailed descriptions of 64 especially recommended plants; and more than 250 superb photographs. The Undaunted Garden is a core addition to any personal or community library gardening reference collection!
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