Love local, grow where you are. This precept applies to garden landscaping, too, especially in a challenging environment like a Southwestern deserts. A beautiful and successful plantscape out here can be lush in its own way, with a great variety of highly adapted and heroic desert-dwellers that thrive on our eternal sunshine and dry conditions. Phillips’ book features a must-have photo catalog of everything from trees to ground-covers, great examples of gardens to inspire our own, and she’s got the dirt on our special soils and pests, too. This tome gathers no dust on my shelf of essential references for the passionate Southwest landscaper in me (and you!), but, with another planting season around the corner, it will certainly pick up some good garden dirt, as my companion at home and on trips to our local nurseries. A must-read.
Plant selection and garden style are deeply influenced by where we are gardening. To successfully grow a range of beautiful ornamental plants, every gardener has to know the specifics of the region's climate, soil, and geography.
Growing the Southwest Garden, by New Mexico-based garden designer Judith Phillips, is a practical and beautiful handbook for ornamental gardening in a region known for its low rainfall and high temperatures. With more than thirty years of experience gardening in the Southwest, Phillips has created an essential guide, featuring regionally specific advice on zones, microclimates, soil, pests, and maintenance. Profiles of the best plants for the region include complete information on growth and care.