By Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden
Timber Press, Inc, $24.95, 248 pages
Restricted water availability is a reality with which all gardeners must grapple. But a landscape plan created to use less water does not mean its design or beauty has been compromised. There are hundreds of stunning options for gardeners looking for no-water or low-water plants. Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden (garden designers, horticulturists and authors) profile 200 drought-tolerant plants for all climates in their guide Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens. Readers will find entries on trees, succulents, perennials, bulbs, ground covers, grasses, vines and more. The authors include information for the humid and arid parts of zones 4 to 10, from coast to coast. It is clear they have done their research. Readers will learn everything they need to know about the featured plants – bloom periods, benefits to wildlife, preference for sun or shade, tolerance to heat and humidity, and data on pests and disease. When fully established, plants in the book required just one inch of water every two weeks during the hottest part of the growing season. Find inspiration in the beautiful full-color photography and creative design ideas. The authors’ passion and expertise is evident throughout the book. They have proven that rain isn’t required for a rewarding garden.