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The Drought-Defying California Garden

230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-Water Landscape

By Greg Rubin Lucy Warren

A must-have for every gardener in California looking for a new way to garden in a changing climate

In recent years California has been facing extreme drought, and in 2015 they passed state-wide water restrictions that affect home owners. Unfortunately the drought is only going to get worse, and gardeners who aren’t willing to abandon their beloved pastime entirely are going to have to learn how to garden with the absolute minimum of water. The Drought-Defying California Garden highlights the best 230 plants to grow, shares advice on how to get them established, and offers tips on how to maintain them with the minimum amount of water. All of the plants are native to California—making them uniquely adept at managing the harsh climate—and include perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, and succulents.

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“A must-have for any California gardener who wants a little color and interest in the landscape.” —Garden Design Online

“Detailed plant descriptions are paired with honed advice for planting and care in garden settings.” —San Diego Home and Garden

“There are a lot of practical and ecological reasons to turn your landscape into a way station and home for bees. In fact, the list of advantages is so compelling it may dramatically change how you see and use the space around your home.” —The Press Democrat

“Lucy Warren, co-author of The Drought-Defying California Garden, believes that emulating nature by using drought-tolerant plants is the productive way to grow, especially in Mediterranean climates.” —The Associated Press

“This well-written, well-illustrated, well-designed book is an excellent introduction to creating attractive, sustainable landscapes with native plants that greatly reduce water use.” —Choice Magazine

“An indispensable guide to growing native plants culled from years of hands-on experience” —San Diego Home and Garden

“A wealth of information based on the authors’ many years of experience in the field. . . . The practical information shared by Rubin and Warren is what makes this book so useful for anybody who is considering installing a California native garden. . . . simply follow their recommendations.” —Succulents and More
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April 06, 2016