Perennials for the Southwest

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Perennials for the Southwest

Plants That Flourish in Arid Gardens

By Mary Irish; Gary Irish (Photographer)

Timber Press (OR), Hardcover, 9780881927610, 312pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006

Drawing upon her vast knowledge of perennials and how they perform in the arid Southwest, Mary Irish has produced the definitive guide for gardeners who want to create lush, colorful gardens while keeping artificial irrigation to a minimum. This book will help Southwest gardeners meet the challenge of growing perennials successfully by providing inspired, practical information on how to design dry-climate gardens and an A Z guide to 156 proven plants. Each entry includes the plant's scientific and common names, distribution, cultural needs, drought tolerance, and ornamental characteristics. Written in a clear, reader-friendly style and profusely illustrated with sparkling color photographs, this invaluable volume makes Irish's expertise available to every gardener.

About the Author
Mary Irish is one of the leading voices for horticulture in Arizona. Her previous two books on native plants of the Southwest have positioned Mary as a qualified expert on plants that thrive in the unique conditions of the desert Southwest. She is past director of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and is a frequent lecturer across the Southwest. Mary is also a highly regarded horticultural photographer.