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High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants

By Robert Nold

Foreword by Panayoti Kelaidis

A must-have primer for the water-conscious gardener.

Denver Post

Gardeners in the Interior West and Great Plains face a daunting challenge: a harsh, semi-arid climate of scorching summers and brutally cold winters. These climatic extremes rule out many standard garden plants that thrive in areas with greater rainfall and more moderate temperatures. Yet there is a wide variety of native plants that are not only beautiful but provide highly satisfactory choices for the western garden.

In this comprehensive volume, Robert Nold describes the best picks among perennials and annuals; grasses; bulbs; rock garden plants; cacti; yuccas and other similar plants; shrubs; and trees — more than a thousand plants in all. Leavened with humor and rueful wisdom, Nold's pithy descriptions zero in on each plant's outstanding ornamental characteristics while giving the reader an accurate idea of what to expect from the plant's performance in the garden. With very few exceptions, the recommended plants can be expected to thrive without supplemental irrigation once established, and tolerate winter temperatures as low as -10°F (−23°C). Throughout, the book is illustrated with vivid color photographs and a selection of exquisite botanical watercolors by artist Cindy Nelson-Nold.

Anyone with an interest in hardy, drought-tolerant plants will find in these pages an abundance of tempting possibilities with which to experiment. Indeed, High and Dry can serve as a highly useful tool for resource-conscious gardeners everywhere.

Media reviews

"With tips on breeds of plants that can thrive in the climate and survive both extremes of temperature, High and Dry is a scholarly and well researched book on gardening in inhospitable climates. Highly recommended."

Midwest Book Review

"A humorous, practical book for any Western gardener looking for drought-friendly gardening advice."

—Renee Struthers-Hogge, East Oregonian

"A must-have primer for the water-conscious gardener."

—Dana Coffield, Denver Post

"Nold, an adept and often funny writer, has written a plant book that will be invaluable to gardeners and plant specialists for its presentation of his extensive knowledge of these native plants and his experience growing them, without any irrigation."

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About the author

Robert Nold

Robert Nold is a member of numerous plant societies, including the Alpine Garden Society and the North American Rock Garden Society, and a regular writer for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the Colorado Gardener. Bob enjoys his garden in Lakewood, Colorado, with his wife, Cindy.

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