As a fairly new resident of North Texas, I knew when I saw this book I wanted to read and review it. Drought and severe water shortages are things we deal with often in this area of the country. It can be an uphill battle trying to grow things that clearly aren’t suitable for a specific environment. Moving from Upstate New York down to Texas has taught me that readjusting my growing habits is critical to my garden’s success.
The author certainly knows a great deal about gardening. The Water-Saving Garden is packed with an abundance of information that’s sure to appeal to both beginner and expert gardeners. Far from just talking about the usual cacti that most people equate with this type of gardening, this book delves much deeper by discussing some very inventive ways of capturing every drop of water we can. As an example, there’s an informative section that addresses rain barrels and cisterns, which I found invaluable.
Additional info on including attractive hardscape elements into our gardens is addressed as well. Just adding a few touches here and there are excellent ways to add interest to our gardens – garden sculpture, benches, rocks, tile, pottery, arbors, ponds, etc. all help visually make up for any plants that might not thrive in a drier climate.
The pages of this book are glossy, which is excellent for showcasing the beautiful photos included in The Water-Saving Garden. The photos are wonderful accompaniments to the instructional text. The very generous final chapter (part five) is a valuable reference guide for anyone wishing to choose trees and plants that thrive in a dry climate.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in creating his or her own water-saving garden. It’s definitely not just for people who garden in dry climates; it’s for any gardener looking to save time, money, labor and most of all our most precious natural resource – water.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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