Put your desert eyes on, is Scott Calhoun's first advice to gardeners facing arid Southwestern regions with extreme climate conditions. Then he shows how to translate the natural beauty of the region - mountains, canyons, sculptural succulents, and incandescent sky - into gorgeous yet water-thrifty landscape designs that complement existing architecture as well as the environment that surrounds it.
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I live not in the Southwest but on a hot, dry Caribbean island. This book is a great resource for gardening ideas and lists of plants to try, together with lovely pics. I already grow agaves, yuccas etc. but I liked learning about the drought tolerant flowers I can add to complement these such as desert senna, Mexican poppies, gallardia etc. There is also a a neat section when discussing any plant with edible parts. I wish there were more landscaping idea pics but the focus of the book is a basic how to for gardening in hot, dry climates, and in that repect it excels.
Bought this book to get some ideas how to deal with my Central Florida landscape due to recent droughts over the past few years. We have basically given up on growing grass - so I bought this to get some practical ideas to expand my landscaping and work towards a "xericlandscaping". Although the book has great ideas, pictures, and explanations, I noticed a lot of the suggestions and photos are of professionally maintained parks in the southwest and not necessary real-life homes. The color wheel suggestions are great - but more "practical applications" would have been useful for the average gardener - rather than a museum like park with somewhat overwhelming expectations. Overall - great book, lots of information, and definitely atheistic photographs.
I am getting to landscape my yard and found Scott Calhoun's insightful, humorous, informative, and honest. Well written, nice photographs, and good schematic drawings make Hot Garden a pleasure to learn from. It's not the only book you'll need to read before you rip out your lawn, but it's an excellent place to start.
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