|Xeriscape Handbook: a how-to guide to natural, resource-wise gardening by Gayle Weinstein|
Using the steps outlined in the book, you gain a better understanding of your site and the unique challenges you face in landscape projects. As well as giving very good and detailed information about the Principles of Xeriscape, it provides lots of good information on maintaining plants once you have selected them and have your design in the ground.
|Taylor’s Guide to Water Saving Gardening, Houghton Mifflin Co.|
This is a very good resource for information on drought-tolerant plant material and for details about the Seven Principles of Xeriscape. It includes good colour pictures of each of the trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers and flowers in the book. Hardiness zones and degree of drought tolerance are clearly marked.
|Creating the Prairie Xeriscape by Sara Williams, Coteau Books.. |
Extensively revised and updated, Creating the Prairie Xeriscape is a complete and easy to follow guide to planning, designing and maintaining your xeriscape gardens. Full-colour throughout, Creating the Prairie Xeriscape contains a reference section of ideal plants for the xeriscape garden. The descriptions, with advice on the best growing conditions, enable gardeners to select a range of plants for year-round landscape value. It includes chapters on native plants and vegetables for the xeriscape, as well as extensive tables as a quick reference guide for planting choices.
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|Xeriscape Plant Guide by Denver Water, Fulcrum Publishing. |
This is a very good resource for plant material, all tested in Denver, Colorado which has similar conditions to the Okanagan. Plant descriptions are accompanied by good photos in several seasons and excellent information, including the plant’s best features, suggested companions, and its potential disadvantages.
|The Xeriscape Flower Gardener, a Water-wise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region by Jim Knopf, Johnson Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado. |
Along with good detailed information on the Principles of Xeriscape, this book contains good water conserving plant lists and includes such things as deer-proof plants, plus a whole chapter on how to help encourage desirable wildlife. Plants have been tested in the Boulder, Colorado region which is similar to the Okanagan for plant hardiness.
|Building Within Nature by Andy and Sally Wasowski, Oxford University Press. |
This is a must read for anyone about to build in a natural landscape. Find out how new construction and land preservation can work together to minimize the impact of building so your time and expense of re-establishing that beautiful no care natural landscape can be reduced!
|How to Get Your Lawn Off Grass by Carole Rubin, Harbour Publishing. |
Carole presents lots of ways to exchange your water-thirsty, labour-intensive lawn for something much more fun and less time consuming. This is a short read with great coloured photos of examples using plants native to each bioregion in North America including some from a garden in the Okanagan.