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Summer-Dry Plants and Gardens

Beautiful, environmentally responsible, low water gardens in summer dry climates are very possible and the proof is here to see. Summer-Dry Plants is an on-going project to provide gardeners in summer-dry, Mediterranean climates authentic photos that encourage sustainable garden practices.

holt_759-61.tifThere are 5 Summer-Dry climates in the world, the Mediterranean, South Africa, western Chile, much of southern Australia, and the West Coast of the United States. It seems unfair that “Mediterranean” gets to be the default descriptor for this climate type since every region has its own palette and plant explorers are adding more and more amazing plants from the other regions.  Join us in using “Summer-Dry” to describe this global term.

Summer-dry gardens are not “drought tolerant”; they are tolerant of dry summers – which is normal for their regions. The right plant in the right place needs no more water than what nature provides. Beautiful sustainable gardens are the art and challenge of an informed gardener and we hope these photos will encourage beauty and celebrate plants in your own summer-dry garden.  More in “Drought tolerant is Irrelevant“.

Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, book cover ebmudAll the photos here are from the original book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates and most were taken in California. So while gardeners in other regions may well benefit from the garden knowledge in these photos, they should know “your results may vary”.

Even within the vast State of California there are amazing degrees of summer dry, and every City and County has different rainfall, different every year. We strongly urge you to consider the water use of each plant by whatever location you garden and calculate supplemental water use by the standards established by the State using the WUCOLS database.


Our Resource Page is a growing list of reference sources.  At the very top is the State of California’s WUCOLS Database of garden plants’ water use in all regions of the State.

Other Resources include water agencies, plant societies, books, and websites.  Let us know of other useful sites.  Spread the word.

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This is an on-going project, a photo database of the best plants for summer-dry gardens.

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PO Box 1826 | Novato | California | 94948


All photos are copyright by Saxon Holt under Certificate of Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. All Right Reserved.

Photos are for personal, noncommercial use and may not be given to others.

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Please respect copyright and ask other to get their own copy of the photos or go on-line at summer-dry.com to see the photos.

If you have a plant genus you would like to add to our database, please let us know !