“A garden that sips instead of guzzles can be quite lush if planted with regionally appropriate plants,” Pam Penick writes in the introduction of her book, The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-forty-page paperback targets those who want to learn more about saving water in the garden. After an introduction, thirteen chapters cover the topic, ending with acknowledgments, recommended resources, credits, and an index.
Penick believes we all can save water in our gardens by wisely choosing what is planted and how the garden is designed. In the first section, gardens in Texas, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Arizona are discussed and how to adapt to the region’s climate. The second section covers water runoff, paving, irrigation, soil/mulch, and shading while the next involves eliminating the lawn, native plants, ripple-zone planting, timing, and hot pots. Water features, natural landscaping, and dry beds are in the fourth part with the final section covering the plants and trees as well as each’s size, zone, and preference.
Since we live in the Pacific Northwest, we do not have as dry a climate as other parts of America. However, we are prompted to conserve water throughout the summer months every few years when there is a small snow pack. I like that this book has plenty of photographs to look at with out-of-the-box concepts for garden designing using less water.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like books that offer little layout designs yet plenty of pretty photographs. Others may find the format focusing on non-plant or tree solutions such as using flagstones, gravel, rock, and pavers with little mentioning of ground cover or zones for the plants that may be easier found going to a local nursery and asking. No zone map is included.
~ Who ~
The author of a previous book and writer of magazine articles on gardening, Penick is a garden designer who lives in Texas and has won several writing awards.
~ Wish ~
With the book’s directory of the one-hundred-one water-saving plants and trees, it would be more advantageous if photographs were included of each, so one does not have to look up each separately online or in other sources to see its color, leaves, or look. Including a temperature zone map would be helpful for beginner gardeners who do not know their zone.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an elementary book on designing your yard, this may give you several options and tips on how to plant to save water while creating a beautiful setting.
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