Well-adapted plants, practical and environmental perspectives, and a uniquely aesthetic approach to gardening in a challenging climate compose the story that is The Undaunted Garden by pioneering plantswoman, garden designer, and author Lauren Springer Ogden. Highlights include: More than 370 new full-color photographs 100 portraits of underused, exceptional plants Information on drought-tolerant and deer-resistant plants Insights and lessons from Lauren’s three personal gardens
Lauren Springer Ogden
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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!
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;...
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...
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