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Xeriscape Plant Guide: 100 Water-Wise Plants for Gardens and Landscapes Paperback – March 1, 1996
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"The Xeriscape Plant Guide (two green thumbs up) is a beautiful book with information gathered from a who's who of ... horticultural luminaries." -Lauren Springer and Rob Proctor, The Denver Post
"This meaty and attractive work on gardening for water conservation features many interesting native plants that would add to almost any garden." -The Bloomsbury Review
About the Author
Rob Proctor is an author, photographer, lecturer, garden designer, and, above all, a passionate gardener. For eight years, he collaborated with Lauren Springer on an award-winning gardening column for The Denver Post. Together they designed the Perennial Walk at Denver Botanic Gardens. Rob is the author of ten books, including Naturalizing Bulbs and Herbs in the Garden: The Art of Intermingling. He is also a published garden photographer, and has taught garden illustration and is Director of Horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens. Rob wrote the introduction to Xeriscape Plant Guide.
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This is a collection of plants to be used in the arid climate of Denver.
The information on the plants is extensive and excellent. The choices of plants to be discussed is very good, but not encyclopedic. The text is 95% the plant information.
The pictures in the book are botanical illustration work of 31 Colorado artists. These images are excellent in botanic detail and in artistic beauty. I can see this book being broken up into "prints" for separate sale as many of the 19th century botanical books of engravings have been.
Overall this is a very useful book for individuals gardening in the Denver area, which is where this book is printed by Fulcrum Publishing in Golden Colorado. The cover lists Denver Water, American Water Works Association and Fulcrum Publishing instead of an author. There is a good introduction by Rob Proctor. The book is also useful for an individual in other arid climates, but the plant selection would have to be carefully researched for those not close to Denver.
The number of plants listed is a little low compared to other guides that I use, but the coverage of each plant is excellent - one or two full pages of text and pictures. The two-page entries generally include several pictures, including pictures from different seasons. There is also a color drawing of each plant, which makes it easier to see significant details and is helpful with identification. The text is also useful and well organized, but it is the pictures that I spend the most time browsing through.