Book Review: The Water Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water

by Toni Leland

For anyone in the southwest or other drought-stricken regions, The Water Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water by Pam Penik is a keeper. The author carefully addresses and assesses water use for those gardeners who want the beauty of nature, but who don't have the luxury of unlimited amounts of water. "All it takes is a willingness to garden in tune with local conditions," says Penick.

The photographs are lush and vibrant and Penick uses lots of them! Photos make the difference in understanding what she's telling us to do. Some of the suggestions involve major reconstruction and some money, but the end results are amazing. The author covers everything from conserving and using every drop of water available to planting species that don't require much water to creating the illusion of water. The book concludes with a fine list of over one hundred plants for water-saving gardens. More about this book.