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Pretty Tough Plants: 135 Resilient, Water-Smart Choices for a Beautiful Garden

By Plant Select

This book is like a crystal ball that reveals how we can all create gorgeous, low-water gardens.

Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens

There’s a growing demand for dependably hardy plants that require less maintenance and less water, but look no less beautiful in the garden. Plant Select—the leading purveyor of plants designed to thrive in difficult climates—meets this need by promoting plants that allow gardeners everywhere to have stunning, environmentally-friendly gardens that use fewer resources. Pretty Tough Plants highlights 135 of Plant Select’s top plant picks. Each profile features a color photograph and specific details about the plant’s size, best features, and bloom season, along with cultural needs, landscape features, and design ideas. The plant list includes perennials and annuals, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. A chart at the end of the book makes it easy to choose the right plants for specific conditions and needs.

Media reviews

"Anyone looking for drought-tolerant, beautiful plants will appreciate this book.…​This is a must-have book for anyone making a garden in the intermountain west and other dry areas."

American Gardener

"An excellent book whose specific American context also provides clues to future British planting as our climate changes."

Gardens Illustrated

"A lovely folio."

Santa Fe New Mexican

"Pretty yet powerful.…​Make your garden thrive no matter the weather."

Birds & Blooms

"With each page I turn it is a ‘yes,’ and another ‘YES.’ This is the guidance I need."

Bend Bulletin

"A delightful plant reference guide charts all 135 plants, and the large number of these that are deer-resistant will be of interest to many country gardeners."

Irish Garden

"A must-have tome for serious gardeners and those wanting to dress up their landscape but not add to the water budget."

Longmont Daily Times-Call

About the author

Plant Select

Plant Select® is a leading non-profit cultivator, distributor, and educator of plants designed to thrive in the high plains and intermountain region, and anywhere that water resources are of concern. Driven by the belief that the right plants in the right place matter and that tougher growing environments require smarter approaches, Plant Select® leverages a uniquely collaborative model and highly selective cultivation process to find, test, and distribute plants that thrive on less water and provide gardeners with smart, stunning, and successful gardens using fewer resources and with less environmental impact.

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