The Water-Saving Garden: How To Grow A Gorgeous Garden With A Lot Less Water, written by Pam Penick is a great guide to help the gardener who wants to have a water saving garden instead of a water guzzler. This book gives great information on how to plan your garden to make it more water friendly. Some of the authors suggestions are to have a rain garden or terraced garden. She also describes the difference between a making a berm to hold water and making a swale, or shallow gully, to collect water runoff. Other suggestions are to plant native plants and to get ride of the lawn by replacing the grass with sand or other hard surfaces that do not need water.
In addition to giving information on how to make your yard more water-saving, the author gives information on over 100 plant that are water saving plants. This list included plants from almost all regions.
Being an avid gardener I am always trying to find ways to save myself work in the gardening process. I thought this book was interesting to read. I wasn’t really looking to conserve water, I was looking for ideas to make my gardens self sustaining so I do not have to spend as much time on them. I think this book is good for that purpose as well as conserving water. I especially like that the author contained a part specifically listing the different types of perennials an annuals. Anyone that likes to have a nice yard but does not want to be tied to tending it constantly would benefit from reading this book.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books for an honest review.
Publisher: Ten Speed Press