Publishers Weekly Reviews

Focusing on plants that thrive in generally inhospitable locales, this book elaborates on a fascinating trend in horticulture involving large swaths of landscape cultivated with intentionality and even, to some extent, design. The book profiles 135 plants used in one such effort in high plains and intermountain regions of the Rocky Mountains; the project is orchestrated by Plant Select, a nonprofit plant distributor. The plants included in the volume meet the criteria of thriving in a broad range of conditions, flourishing with less water, being resilient in challenging climates, being resistant to disease and insects, possessing long-lasting beauty, and being non-invasive. Highlighting all varieties of plant life, including perennial and annuals, groundcovers, petites, vines, shrubs, ornamental grass, and conifers, each category is aided by stunning color photos and includes practical information: lighting demands, growth habits, propagation tips, and so on. The book highlights plants specific to high-mountain regions, but the parameters for cultivation and the palette of plants can apply in any number of growing climates. This is a beautiful and helpful book that advances a lively trend in intentional and sustainable landscaping. Color photos. (May)

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