Summer-dry gardens can be beautiful. The art and science of gardening is learning which plant prosper in garden settings. Many plants are meant for summer-dry climates and don’t need lots of water, though careful irrigation improves their beauty. I do water my own California garden in summer; and so does every farm and every garden – all summer. It simply doesn’t rain. The irrigation water has to come from somewhere, other than a faucet.
All plants are drought tolerant in their native habitat and no plant can live without water. No matter where a garden is located, the tropics or the desert, the plants in that garden should naturally tolerate periods of lower than average water. They may thrive with supplemental water during dry periods but the term “drought tolerant” can be very misleading, especially in summer-dry climates.
We want to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photo in summer-dry climates. Beautiful photos of beautiful gardens inspire gardeners to mimic what they see. Many photos in garden books and magazines are from East Coast and English style gardens, that, while are certainly lovely in those settings, are wrong in more arid and summer-dry climates. Water is especially precious in summer-dry climates, lush images from other climates mislead gardeners to try inappropriate and unsustainable gardens. We want to inspire gardeners to choose plants that are water wise and garden styles that fit into the habitats and natural
The cover of the book was cropped from this wonderful photo from Matanzas Creek Winery. The billowing grass is Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'.
We have put six of out favorite photos from the book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates as a mini-slide show on the home page. [su_slider source="media: 34,29,30,31,32,33" limit="7" width="683" height="384" title="no" arrows="yes" pages="yes"][/su_slider]
Our logo - Eschscholzia californica - California Poppy. Looks cool as a favicon, eh?
We expect summers to be dry here in California. It’s a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate of wet winters and rainless summers. Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates.