Gardening During Drought:
Let's start simple: If you don't already own a book about plants native to your region, get thee to a local bookstore. Native plants are the undisputed experts when it comes to surviving climatic stress, and the good news is that they're increasingly available, whether through local or mail order nurseries.
The books listed here vary in content from pin-ups of drought-tolerant plants to treatises about water-efficient landscapes. In many cases, you can read a page or two online before deciding whether these books suit your needs. Needless to say, this is not a definitive list.
Plants for Dry Climates
Mary Rose Duffield & Warren Jones
Gardening in the Desert
Xeriscape Plant Guide
The Undaunted Garden
The Dry Garden
Gaia's Garden: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
Landscaping With Wildflowers
Dry-Land Gardening: A Xeriscaping Guide for Dry-Summer Cold-Winter Climates
And from the Elisabeth C. Miller Horticulture Library:
The Motherlode of All Drought Gardening Booklists.
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