Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens


by Scott Ogden, Lauren Springer Ogden


200 Drought-Tolerant Choices for all Climates

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens is a practical guide to the best 200 plants guaranteed to thrive in low-water gardens. Plant entries provide the common and botanical name, the regions where the plant is best adapted, growth and care information, and notes on pests and disease. This practical and inspiring guide includes a variety of plants, from trees to succulents, perennials to bulbs, all selected for their wide adaptability and ornamental value. Companion plants, creative design ideas, and full color photography make this guide a must-have resource for any sustainable gardener.



“I can’t imagine a designer or avid gardener who wouldn’t want this on their bookshelf.” —Garden Design Online

When fully established, plants in this book all remain attractive with just 1 inch of water (rain or irrigation) every two weeks during the hottest part of peak growing season. They need much less during cooler times and when plants are not in full, active growth. For practical purposes this is how we define low-water, waterwise, or drought-tolerant plants. New plantings require more regular water: 1 inch (rain or irrigation) every week through the first growing season, trees sometimes for a second season.


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