Hot Color, Dry Garden: Inspiring Designs and Vibrant Plants for the Waterwise Gardener


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$27.95  $25.99
Timber Press (OR)
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7.5 X 9.2 X 0.9 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

California native Nan Sterman is an author, botanist, garden designer, consultant, and award-winning garden communicator who lives in Encinitas, California. She designs low-water, sustainable, and edible gardens for residential and public spaces. Her articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sunset, Organic Gardening, and she pens a monthly garden column in the San Diego Union Tribune. She is the host of A Growing Passion.


"Gardeners in water-challenged areas will find here expert guidance in plant selection for optimum color impact." --Library Journal starred review​

"Profusion of design ideas. . . . Strongly recommended for the southwestern, dry-zone gardener." --Booklist

"This book is full of plant ideas for the Southwest--and designs that gardeners everywhere will appreciate." --Better Homes and Gardens

"The book is strong on design--what about plant IQ? This is that rare book that is comfortably fluent in both areas." --A Growing Obsession

"A visually-appealing compendium of resources meant to inspire gardeners to think differently about color, contrast, and texture in water-wise gardens. . . . Hot Color, Dry Garden is a fun and vibrant book." --NYBG's Plant Talk

"The book shows that you need not sacrifice color, excitement, and beauty as you create a garden that's a responsible drinker." --Digging

"I've been wishing for this kind of book for a long time. . . a smart combination of inspiring photos and nuts-and-bolts details--and here it finally is." --Succulents and More

"Eye-popping proof that water-wise gardens are bold, beautiful and brilliantly hued." --San Diego Home and Garden

"If you want to have the colorful, vibrant, low-water gardens that are teaming with birds, butterflies and wildlife. . . . This book provides good info and photos to get you going." --Mercury News​

"An excellent resource for both novice and experienced gardeners who live in southwestern desert climates." --The American Gardener

"Provides home gardeners with a color-filled way to garden in areas affected with drought and low-water conditions. Garden expert Nan Sterman highlights inspiring examples of brilliant gardens filled with water-smart plants." --Waco Today

"A go-to guide for gardeners in the Southwest." --La Jolla Light

"Waterwise gardens definitely don't have to be dull or boring. Garden expert Nan Sterman introduces us to 150 bold and bright drought-tolerant plants, along with dozens of design ideas and dry gardening how-to's." --Garden Design Magazine