by Toni Leland
of bemoaning the bad things that can happen to our gardens, we can be
proactive if we understand all the natural events that our planet
bestows upon us. The Weather Resilient Garden is a defensive approach to planning
and landscaping, keeping the weather in mind.
Anything you might
need to know about planting a beautiful, but tough garden is contained
in the 412 pages written by horticulturist, naturalist, editor, and
educator Charles W. G. Smith. The first part of the book describes how
to plan your weather-resilient garden, with regard to location,
microclimates, soil, and other issues. The weather section specifically
covers cold, ice & snow, salt, flood, drought, fire, hail, heat,
humidity, lightning, and wind – and what you need to know ahead of time
to keep your gardens safe.
The final section offers information
on 100 weather-resilient plants, including perennials, shrubs, trees,
vines, ornamental grasses, annuals, and lawns. More resources are
available through the appendix, supplies and resources, further reading,
USDA Hardiness Zone maps, botanic & common name index, and a
I quite literally LOVE this book!