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Pretty Tough Plants

135 Resilient, Water-Smart Choices for a Beautiful Garden

By Plant Select

Tough-but-beautiful plant picks

There’s a growing demand for dependably hardy plants that require less maintenance and less water, but look no less beautiful in the garden. Plant Select—the leading purveyor of plants designed to thrive in difficult climates—meets this need by promoting plants that allow gardeners everywhere to have stunning, environmentally-friendly gardens that use fewer resources. Pretty Tough Plants highlights 135 of Plant Select’s top plant picks. Each profile features a color photograph and specific details about the plant’s size, best features, and bloom season, along with cultural needs, landscape features, and design ideas. The plant list includes perennials and annuals, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. A chart at the end of the book makes it easy to choose the right plants for specific conditions and needs.

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“This gorgeous, information-packed book showcases many great plants that lead to more regionally attuned, environmentally intelligent, and uniquely lovely gardens.” —Lauren Springer Ogden, plantswoman, designer, author
“This book is like a crystal ball that reveals how we can all create gorgeous, low-water gardens.” —Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens

“An excellent book whose specific American context also provides clues to future British planting as our climate changes.” —Gardens Illustrated

“A labor of love by a group of passionate plant people.” —Denver Botanic Gardens

“Anyone looking for drought-tolerant, beautiful plants will appreciate this book. . . . This is a must-have book for anyone making a garden in the intermountain west and other dry areas.” —The American Gardener

“A delightful plant reference guide charts all 135 plants, and the large number of these that are deer-resistant will be of interest to many country gardeners.” —The Irish Garden

“There are plenty of resources out there that help you find these kinds of plants, but the information is scattered all over the place. That's why I was excited about Pretty Tough Plants. . . . Each plant has its own page (sometimes two), complete with stats like size, flower color and bloom season, preferred position (sun/shade), water requirements, and the kinds of pollinators it attracts. Subsections on "Culture," "Landscape Use," and "Native Range and Origins" provide a concise description of the plant.” —Succulents and More 

“A lovely folio.” —The Santa Fe New Mexican

“A must-have tome for serious gardeners and those wanting to dress up their landscape but not add to the water budget.” —Times-Call

“Pretty yet powerful. . . . Make your garden thrive no matter the weather.” —Birds & Blooms 

“This is a must-have tome for serious gardeners.” —The Daily Times-Call

“Has everything a gardener needs to know.” —The Oregonian 

“With each page I turn it is a ‘yes,’ and another ‘YES.’ This is the guidance I need.” —The Bend Bulletin
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May 16, 2017