Desert gardening presents its own unique set of challenges and knowing what maintenance tasks to perform throughout each month of the year is key to success.
This quintessential guide walks you thorough a list of gardening to-dos, telling you exactly what dryland gardens need to look their best, no matter the season. With valuable care tips throughout the book, Arizona gardeners are handed the answers to the region's most common questions. From pruning shrubs and trees to caring for cacti, succulents, and other desert perennials, this month-by-month guide to water-wise landscaping is the perfect handbook for desert homeowners. Easy to use, filled with colorful, descriptive photographs, and written by desert gardening expert Mary Irish, Month-By-Month Gardening in the Deserts of Arizona is like having a professional landscape advisor in the garden with you all year long.
The Month-By-Month Gardening series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you'll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year in the xeric landscapes of Arizona and other Southwestern states. Written just for gardeners where you live, you can be confident that the information is right for you. Other Month-By-Month Gardening books in this series include: Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Deep South, New England, Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, and others.
Mary Irish is the former director of public horticulture at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. She has written extensively on dry-climate gardening, and is the coauthor (with her husband, Gary Irish) of "Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants." A Texas native residing in Arizona, Mary received her master's degree in geography from Texas A&M University. She is a regular contributor to several magazines, including "Sunset, " and teaches classes on the care and culture of agaves, cacti, and other desert shrubs and perennials as well as introductory classes for beginning gardeners. She once hosted a weekly Phoenix-based radio show called "The Arizona Gardener, " and has also helped produce several television programs about gardening.