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Hot Color, Dry Garden: Inspiring Designs and Vibrant Plants for the Waterwise Gardener

By Nan Sterman

Full of plant ideas ... and designs that gardeners everywhere will appreciate.

Better Homes and Gardens

Dry weather defines the southwest, and it's getting dryer. As water becomes more precious, our gardens suffer. If we want to keep gardening, we must revolutionize our plant choices and garden practices. Hot Color, Dry Garden provides a joyful, color-filled way to exuberantly garden in low-water conditions. Garden expert Nan Sterman highlights inspiring examples of brilliant gardens filled with water-smart plants. You'll find information about designing for color using plants, architecture, and accessories, along with a plant directory that features drought-tolerant plants that dazzle.

Media reviews

"This book is full of plant ideas for the Southwest—and designs that gardeners everywhere will appreciate."

Better Homes and Gardens

"I've been wishing for this kind of book for a long time ... a smart combination of inspiring photos and nuts-and-bolts details—and here it finally is."

Succulents and More

"Profusion of design ideas.…​Strongly recommended for the southwestern, dry-zone gardener."


"[Starred review] Gardeners in water-challenged areas will find here expert guidance in plant selection for optimum color impact."

Library Journal

"Eye-popping proof that water-wise gardens are bold, beautiful and brilliantly hued."

San Diego Home & Garden

About the author

Nan Sterman

With degrees in botany, biology, and education, Nan Sterman channeled her passion into a career as an award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in major gardening publications on the regional, national, and international levels. Sterman spends much of her time working on her Emmy award–winning TV show, A Growing Passion, which airs on public television in San Diego and is posted online at AGrowingPassion.com. She speaks, teaches, and writes about low-water, sustainable, and edible gardening, and designs landscapes for private homes and public spaces.

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