The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate

The Dry Gardening Handbook Olivier Filippi £40│ISBN: 9781999734558│ 20th June 2019

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Making a garden that can withstand summer drought without being watered is the dream of many who garden in harmony with the environment. In this classic work on gardening in dry climates, first published in 2008, Olivier Filippi offers practical advice to achieve this goal based on his, and his wife Clara’s, experience of working with mediterranean-region plants over 30 years.

The first part of the book examines the behaviour of plants that face drought in their natural habitat. What is drought and how do plants manage to survive when little water is available? The second part is concerned with gardening techniques in a dry climate. How do you prepare the soil, when do you plant, how do you maintain a dry garden? The third and longest part describes in detail no less than 500 rewarding plants that are marvellously well adapted to dry gardens.

 Armed with a new palette of plants and liberated from the hose and the sprinkler this book invites you on a pioneering adventure that paves the way to a new style of gardening.

 “The French dry gardening guru” Stephanie Mahon, Gardens Illustrated

“Superb…[includes] arguably the most comprehensive A-Z of drought-tolerant plants ever assembled.” Gardens Illustrated on the first edition

“Excellent…almost completely focused on plants.” The Independent on Sunday on the first edition