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.
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.
About the Author
“Judith leads the way toward understanding our changing climate. With beautiful photographs and engaging prose, she shows Southwest gardeners the designs and plants we should be using to create inspiring, comfortable, and durable landscapes.” —David Salman, founder of High Country Gardens
“When it comes to arid gardens, Judith Phillips is one of the masters. Her deep experience shines through, in elegant plant solutions for the climate, a gallery of homeowner-scale gardens, and accommodations for wildlife and humans.” —Scott Calhoun, author of The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus and columnist for Sunset
“An essential guide to gardening for the region.” —Houston Lifestyles & Homes
“Growing the Southwest Garden by Judith Phillips is possibly the best gardening book of the year for Colorado. Phillips, who lives in New Mexico, dispenses with hardiness zones but tells you the low temps that will kill that shrub, tree or perennial you’re mulling. She knows about mountains, microclimates and maximizing available water.” —The Denver Post
“Phillips shares her tried and true tips and secrets for creating a thriving, beautiful garden in the country’s most parched region...Chock-full of information on luscious flora and spectacular succulents, Phillips’ gardening guidebook showcases some of the desert’s most unexpected and bountiful blooms and shares specifics on the region’s climate, soil and geography. Everyone from Novice to expert gardener will find the information they need to begin cultivating.” —Modern Luxury Scottsdale