Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A.
by Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski

foreword by Dr. Robert Breunig, Executive Director
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Contemporary Books, Chicago, 2000

184 pages, 146 plant profiles, 200 color photos
8 theme garden plants, indigenous plant charts
Deluxe paperback $33.95  ISBN 0-8092-2511-5

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People who live in the deserts of the Southwest, or the coastal chaparral of Southern California have a challenge; their gardens and landscapes must be designed to not just survive but thrive in this arid, low-rainfall region. Many resort to a sterile gravel-and-yucca look, while others blithely ignore their surroundings and put in water-guzzling lawns and exotic plants. 
In this book, the Wasowskis show a third and far more sensible approach: native plants. The indigenous plants of these arid regions are surprisingly colorful and beautiful, with wonderful textures and forms.  They are also xeriscapic, which simply means they can survive on whatever rainfall they get. Which isn’t very much!


“An admirable contribution to the study of native plant gardening.”
    Southern California Gardener

“A beautifully thought-out book in an easy-to-comprehend format.”
    Sunset Magazine

“This book should be required reading.”
    Southwest Horticulture

“A handsome, informative book…well-researched ideas and information.”
    Wildflower Magazine

“A lovely book…will give the reader lots of ideas."
    The American Gardener  

Picked by
The American Horticultural Society
for their list of “75 Best Gardening Books”  

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