Here’s an oldie, but a goodie. This week’s Book of the Week is The Low-Water Flower Gardener by Eric A. Johnson. Written in 1992 but just as relevant today, this is a great book for those looking to plant and maintain beautiful gardens, while still being water conscious. An entry in the Natural Garden series, this book stresses gardening knowledge for areas not known as water-rich.
According to the Ironwood Press (the publisher of this book), The Low-Water Flower Gardener was
“Written for today’s water-conscious gardener,” providing “cutting-edge information on how to grow more than 270 colorful, unthirsty flowering perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses adapted to dry-climate regions… The book was especially prepared for gardeners in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. It provides proper planting dates and recommended plants and growing techniques for each area, and shows how to prepare soils, make compost, and get the most out of water.”
One Amazon reviewer, named Ursala, writes that
“This is the most comprehensive book I’ve found yet about flower gardening in the desert… I am constantly referring to it.”
We applaud books like these, which seek to allow consumers to enjoy gardening, without having to worry about excess water usage. In tandem with the Cyber-Rain smart sprinkler controller, consumers can greatly benefit from the further assistance of low water-use instructional materials, such as this publication.
The Low-Water Flower Gardener is published by the Ironwood Press of Arizona, which is known for its gardening books, among other notable categories. The ISBN for this book is 0962823619, and it can be found at numerous book retailers, including Amazon.com, Alibris and eBay.