The #1 gardening book for Western gardeners is back in an expanded, richly photographed ninth edition.
The New Sunset Western Garden Book, completely redesigned and more accessible, is the go-to reference for gardening in the western United States. The new edition has extra emphasis on edible gardening, water conservation, and climate change.
Now with over 2,000 full-color photographs and an encyclopedia of 9,000 plants, The New Sunset Western Garden Book is a complete reference guide with photos for every plant genus. The book has detailed maps of the Sunset Garden Zones (showing the distinct microclimates of the West).
The expanded Plant Finder section has 1,000 new photographs and points gardeners to groups of plants for specific locations or functions (hillsides, or drought tolerant, or hedges, or deer resistant, for example).
Take the new Plant Finder mobile database in to the garden or nursery with you. It features 2,000 of the West's most popular plants -- all are searchable by Sunset Climate Zone, plant type, sun and water requirements, height, spread, color, problem-solving attributes, and special needs (such as arid climate and dry shade).
The new edition emphasizes composting and other organic gardening techniques, along with native plants, protection of wildlife habitat, and rain harvesting.
Hardcover. 768 pages. February 2012.
This is my go-to book for all my gardening questions. I especially like all the handy lists, such as shade plants or deer resistant plants, and the very detailed zone maps. An essential reference book for every gardener!Review by Mary C (on 9/7/13)