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Like many of my fellow gardeners, I have a bookshelf full of gardening books.  I just can’t seem to help myself when I am in a bookstore, I subconsciously gravitate towards the gardening section. 
I am often asked what gardening book that I recommend that focuses on the desert garden.  Although there are many wonderful books about gardening in the desert, if you were only going to buy one book then I highly recommend “Landscape Plants for Dry Regions” by Warren Jones & Charles Sacamano.  
This book lists more than 600 different plants along with color photos for each plant listed.  Cold hardiness, landscape uses, cultural requirements and possible problems are all covered in detail which is what makes this book such an asset to the desert gardener.
**Just in case you were wondering – I have no connection to the authors (other than the fact they autographed my copy ;-).  It’s just a great book.
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. CCAZJeff
    CCAZJeff says:

    May I also recommend a couple of books by Mary Irish? I have found these indispensable. When I first moved to the desert, they helped me learn so many things I had to understand to have any success. I am still learning and they serve as a valuable resource.

    Month by Month Gardening in the Deserts of Arizona (Month-By-Month Gardening in the Desert Southwest) by Mary Irish

    Arizona Gardener's Guide by Mary Irish

    If you need to know about trees and shrubs, this is another very good book to read:

    Trees and Shrubs for the Southwest: Woody Plants for Arid Gardens by Mary Irish

    I will be posting about a recent Mary Irish lecture I attended related to trees and shrubs for the arid garden. It will be posted at http://www.gardeningonthemoon.com in about two weeks.

    Regards – [ Jeff ]

  2. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hello Jeff,

    Thank you for your comments. I have all of Mary Irish's books as well and they are wonderful. I especially use her Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants book.

    I think Mary Irish serves an important niche in garden literature because so many "regular" garden books are not written with our unique, dry conditions in mind.

    Over the past 10 years, I have attended many of her lectures and she is a wonderful, engaging speaker.

    I look forward to reading your post regarding her lecture.

    Happy Gardening!

  3. SMcGimsey
    SMcGimsey says:

    Love the book too! I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Landscape Plants for Dry Regions is my first and absolute favorite "go to" resource to select, grow, and maintain plants in my area. I grow an abundance of flowering desert plants that attract hummingbirds year round.

  4. Hanna at Orchid Care
    Hanna at Orchid Care says:

    Living in Southern California where it hardly rains and where the air is dry and the temperatures reach 100++ degrees, I think that a book such as this could prove to be extremely valuable to my gardening efforts. I’m glad you’ve introduced it.

    By the way, I love your blog and I visit it frequently. I have also incorporated your link within my OrchidCare.org site as a valuable resource for my visitors. Would you be willing to return the favor by placing my link within your “Some of My Favorite Gardening Blogs”?

    Thanks a million!

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