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Gardening During Drought:
Recommended Books

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 Climages

Plants for Dry Climates
Photo: Perseus Publishing

The Undaunted Garden

The Undaunted Garden
Photo: Fulcrum Publishing

Dry-Land Gardening

Dry-Land Gardening
Photo: Firefly Books

Plants for Dry Climates
Mary Rose Duffield & Warren Jones

Gardening in the Desert
Mary Irish

Xeriscape Plant Guide

Xeriscape Handbook
Gayle Weinstein

The Undaunted Garden
Lauren Springer

The Dry Garden
Beth Chatto

Gaia's Garden: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
Toby Hemenway

Landscaping With Wildflowers
Jim Wilson

Dry-Land Gardening: A Xeriscaping Guide for Dry-Summer Cold-Winter Climates
Jennifer Bennett

And from the Elisabeth C. Miller Horticulture Library:
The Motherlode of All Drought Gardening Booklists.

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