Growing the Southwest Garden, by New Mexico-based garden designer Judith Phillips, is a practical and beautiful handbook for ornamental gardening in a region known for its low rainfall and high temperatures. With more than thirty years of experience gardening in the Southwest, Phillips has created an essential guide, featuring regionally specific advice on zones, microclimates, soil, pests, and maintenance. Profiles of the best plants for the region include complete information on growth and care.
This companion book to Natural by Design: Beauty and Balance in Southwest Gardens concentrates on over two hundred plants, individually photographed and profiled. The key to any successful garden is knowing the plants, the conditions that nurture them, and the care that must be taken in their propagation, cultivation, transplanting, and pruning. Knowing the native and adaptive plants of the region and how best to use them in the landscape will enable the gardener to create gardens of self-sustaining beauty.
Landscape gardening involves a partnership between gardener and environment and an understanding of why and how plants grow where they do. Phillips takes the reader on an illustrated garden tour through the rich ecosystems of the Southwest and into gardens she has designed in the upland forests, shrub/desert grasslands, riparian oases, and arid city plots. Her plant palette includes native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses and embraces dozens of adaptive plants that will flourish in the demanding conditions of the upland and desert West.
This book has been the inspiration for tens of thousands of gardeners facing the challenging winds, soils, and droughts of low- and high-desert gardens. A perennial gardener’s favorite, this guide—with 53 color photographs and an all-new appendix of adapted plants—is the classic resource for reaping the rewards of landscaping with native and adaptive plants that will make a success of any gardening effort.
Resources for ecological gardening and native plants for Albuquerque and beyond
Creating Wildlife Habitat
ABQ Backyard Refuge // Habitat gardening design and recommended plant list for the ABQ Metro area