Plant selection and garden style are deeply influenced by where we are gardening. To successfully grow a range of beautiful ornamental plants, every gardener has to know the specifics of the region’s climate, soil, and geography.
Growing the Southwest Garden, by New Mexico-based garden designer Judith Phillips, is a practical and beautiful handbook for ornamental gardening in a region known for its low rainfall and high temperatures. With more than thirty years of experience gardening in the Southwest, Phillips has created an essential guide, featuring regionally specific advice on zones, microclimates, soil, pests, and maintenance. Profiles of the best plants for the region include complete information on growth and care.
About the Author
Judith Phillips has spent more than forty years gardening in the Southwest and is still adapting. She is the owner of Judith Phillips Design Oasis, an ecosystem-inspired garden design and consulting service. She has designed thousands of residential gardens in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona, and has also been involved in public projects from habitat gardens at wildlife refuges and parks, to healing gardens at hospitals, courtyard gardens for townhomes and an historic inn, and outdoor classrooms for elementary schools. As a part-time faculty member in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of New Mexico her class focuses on native and climate-adapted plants for arid landscapes, hopefully inspiring a new generation of ecodesigners.
“Explains the Southwest garden from every perspective, opening your eyes to its beauty, and helping you avoid costly mistakes.” —Debra Lee Baldwin, author of Succulents Simplified and Succulent Container Gardens
“Judith leads the way toward understanding our changing climate. With beautiful photographs and engaging prose, she shows Southwest gardeners the designs and plants we should be using to create inspiring, comfortable, and durable landscapes.” —David Salman, founder of High Country Gardens
“When it comes to arid gardens, Judith Phillips is one of the masters. Her deep experience shines through, in elegant plant solutions for the climate, a gallery of homeowner-scale gardens, and accommodations for wildlife and humans.” —Scott Calhoun, author of The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus and columnist for Sunset
“An essential guide to gardening for the region.” —Houston Lifestyles & Homes
“Growing the Southwest Garden by Judith Phillips is possibly the best gardening book of the year for Colorado. Phillips, who lives in New Mexico, dispenses with hardiness zones but tells you the low temps that will kill that shrub, tree or perennial you’re mulling. She knows about mountains, microclimates and maximizing available water.” —The Denver Post
“Phillips shares her tried and true tips and secrets for creating a thriving, beautiful garden in the country’s most parched region...Chock-full of information on luscious flora and spectacular succulents, Phillips’ gardening guidebook showcases some of the desert’s most unexpected and bountiful blooms and shares specifics on the region’s climate, soil and geography. Everyone from Novice to expert gardener will find the information they need to begin cultivating.” —Modern Luxury Scottsdale