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The Water-Saving Garden

The Water-Saving Garden by Pam Penick
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Feb 23, 2016 | 240 Pages
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Praise

“Penick (Lawn Gone!) proves that conserving water does not mean giving up gardening with her engaging, instructing, and nudging treatise. She approaches the politics of water conservation firmly and frankly, especially in her powerful introduction, asserting that ‘there’s no one “right way” to plant a garden that saves water.’…Penick is practical and reassuring throughout, convincing readers that vibrant water-saving gardens are viable.“ 
– Publishers Weekly


“In an era of drought and unpredictable weather patterns, THE WATER-SAVING GARDEN could not come at a better time. With striking photographs and a designer’s eye, Penick shows us just how gorgeous a water-wise garden can be. This is the must-have garden book of the year!”
– Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants
 
“For those interested in both beautiful gardens and being good stewards of our precious water resources, The Water-Saving Garden is a timely must-read.”
– Jim Peterson, Publisher, Garden Design Magazine
 
“Packed with design inspiration as well as practical advice, this timely book is a much-needed resource on creating and maintaining beautiful gardens with less water.”
– Susan Morrison, Landscape designer and co-author of Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small Spaces
 
“From eye-popping design—regardless of budget—to nitty-gritty DIY details, The Water-Saving Garden takes us down the creative path to gorgeous gardens that spare the water and pump up our style. Purpose, practicality, and passion: it’s all right here.”
– Linda Lehmusvirta, Producer of Central Texas Gardener on Austin PBS
 
The Water-Saving Garden blends a passionate homage to water’s importance for all life with practical, detailed advice about using less of it in the garden. Illustrations show enticingly diverse gardens and water-wise alternatives to lawns.”
– Evelyn Hadden, author of Hellstrip Gardening and Beautiful No-Mow Yards
 
In The Water-Saving Garden, Pam Penick repositions water-conscious gardens as a central concern for all gardeners. Rich with inspiring examples and sage advice, this book boldly declares that water-wise gardens no longer need to be about sacrifice or compromise, but pleasure and abundance. An excellent resource for gardens in any climate.
– Thomas Rainer, landscape architect and co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World

“We all need access to nature for our well-being. Pam Penick has written a useful guide for creating beautiful gardens where saving water naturally follows.”
– Steve Martino, landscape architect

“In an era of drought and unpredictable weather patterns, The Water-Saving Garden could not come at a better time. With striking photographs and a designer’s eye, Penick shows us just how gorgeous a water-wise garden can be. This is the must-have garden book of the year!”
—Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants

Table Of Contents

part one: DRINK UP the beauty & ingenuity of a water-saving garden  5
+ dry-garden journey to a courtyard oasis  9
+ zen inspiration for a concrete jungle  12
+ embracing the desert for outdoor living  14
+ holding on to every drop of rain  17
+ painting a dry slope with color  20
+ bold foliage takes center stage  22
+ evoking water in a dry garden  25
part two: make your garden a WATER SAVER, not a WATER GUZZLER  29
1 hold that liquid gold  31
2 think saltines: choose permeable paving  59
3 irrigation without irritation  69
4 the nitty-gritty on soil and mulch  85
5 throw some shade and shoot the breeze  101
part three: PLANTING the water-saving garden  113
6 lose the lawn  115
7 grow native—but enjoy well-adapted plants too  133
8 ripple-zone planting and rethinking lush  141
9 timing Is everything: when to plant  147
10 hot pots: saving water in container and balcony gardens  153
part four: oasis or mirage? creating the ILLUSION of water in the garden  163
11 the water feature as a symbol of abundance  165
12 water-evoking plants  171
13 squeezing water from stone  183
part five: 101 PLANTS for water-saving gardens  195
acknowledgments  223
recommended resources  224
photography and design credits  226
index  229

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