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The weather-resilient garden : a defensive approach to planning & landscaping
Smith, Charles W. G.
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North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., [2004]

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412 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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SB473 .S552 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Drought, flood, hail, and wind are just a few of the challenges that extreme weather can present as you're trying to grow healthy plants. Charles W. G. Smith helps you tackle unforeseen weather changes using his ingenious defensive approach to gardening. With profiles of 100 hardy plants and tips on expertly dealing with broken tree limbs and uprooted plants, Smith provides all the information you need to plan and maintain a gorgeous, durable garden that will stand up to whatever nature throws at it.

Author Notes

Naturalist, horticulturist, editor, and educator, Charles W. G. Smith is the author of eight books and numerous articles on nature, gardening, outdoor recreation, and the environment

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Booklist Review

Smith gives instructions for creating a weather-resilient garden, protecting it from drought and heat, cold, ice, snow, hail, lightning, salt, wind, fire, floods, and humidity. He describes the damage, explains short-term and long-term solutions to resuscitate plants, and suggests hundreds of plants that can withstand adverse conditions. He also lists the top 100 weather-resilient annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, vines, ground covers, and ornamental grasses with a photograph of each, and recommends which species to buy. There are data on the best types of soil and compost, the use of water, and hardiness zones. --George Cohen Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

No one can weatherproof a garden against a devastating tornado, but prudent planning-including sound horticultural practices and wise plant selection-can help limit damage and sustain the garden through the harshest weather conditions. In his engaging new book, horticulturist and naturalist Smith (The Big Book of Gardening Secrets) does a thorough job explaining the fundamental gardening practices necessary to defend against what he refers to as really bad weather: cold, humidity, wind, lightning, ice and snow, floods, fire, drought, salt, hail, and heat. In addition to outlining preventative measures, Smith offers specific remedies to salvage plants and trees affected by severe weather conditions. He also includes a list of the top 100 weather-resilient perennials, vines and ground covers, shrubs, and trees. The text addresses all North American hardiness zones, is illustrated, and includes a useful resource list of plants, products, and supplies. There are not many current titles on this topic; Lauren Springer's comparable The Undaunted Garden is ten years old. Recommended as a solid resource for both public and academic libraries.-Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Creating a Weather-Resilient Gardenp. 1
Part 2 Really Bad Weather: Healing Methods and Fresh Startsp. 35
Coldp. 38
Ice and Snowp. 63
Saltp. 90
Floodp. 112
Droughtp. 145
Firep. 174
Hailp. 200
Heatp. 219
Humidityp. 247
Lightningp. 265
Windp. 287
Part 3 Top 100 Weather-Resilient Plantsp. 323
Perennialsp. 324
Shrubsp. 342
Treesp. 350
Vines and Ground Coversp. 365
Ornamental Grassesp. 371
Annualsp. 376
Lawn Grassesp. 382
Appendixp. 385
Supplies and Resourcesp. 386
Further Readingp. 388
USDA Hardiness Zone Mapp. 389
Botanic to Common Name Indexp. 390
General Indexp. 396