Dry-Land Gardening: A Xeriscaping Guide for Dry-Summer, Cold-Winter Climates

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9781552092217: Dry-Land Gardening: A Xeriscaping Guide for Dry-Summer, Cold-Winter Climates

Garden writer Jennifer Bennett's home is atop an exposed limestone hill, where the soil dries quickly after a rain and rains seldom come. Gardening where the summers are hot and prone to periods of drought, where the winters are snowy one week and freezing rain the next, has led Bennett to xeriscaping -- a gardening approach that favors not only water conservation but also the conservation of time, energy and other resources.

Xeriscaping enthusiasts exist everywhere throughout North America, from the California desert to the Canadian prairies. Thus Dry-Land Gardening is not about Bennett's eastern Ontario garden only but about dry-land gardening strategies: coping with limited access to water, invasive plants and trees under stress; nurturing groundcovers and grasses; starting bulbs, perennials and vines; and growing vegetables, herbs and annual flowers successfully. Bright and open, with gray foliage and the waxy leaves of succulents, the dry garden depends more on groundcovers and mulches than on stately flowering perennials. In her latest book, Bennett celebrates "a garden with a different sort of beauty, one that leaves your time and your conscience free and easy."

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I wrote this book because I needed the information in it. That was a few years ago, so I now know many other people needed the information too. I've been invited to speak throughout the country, and everywhere I go gardeners want to know more about dryland gardening. Sometimes people have read the book and bring their own copy for me to sign. They say it's easy to read and helps them plan their own easy care, drought-resistant garden.

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Jennifer Bennett is the author of the best-selling The New Northern Gardener, Lilies of the Hearth, Our Gardens Ourselves and The Annual Garden.

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