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Books on Gardening and Landscaping in the South West and High Desert Regions
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Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants: A Gardener's Guide
by Gary Irish, Mary F. Irish
Book Description: Writing for gardeners who need specific information on these wonderful plants, Mary and Gary Irish provide detailed guidance on care, cultivation, and gardening uses. In addition, amateur naturalists will be pleased to note that the botanical history of the plants is given a succinct overview; complete keys are provided to help identify agaves and yuccas relying on foliage and growth form. Sixty-five species of agaves and twenty-five species of yuccas are profiled, together with information on natural habitat and garden care. Selected plants from nine other genera also are described. More than 100 color photographs and 18 drawings complement the text. 
Hardcover from Timber Pr

Arizona Gardener's Guide
by Mary Irish
Paperback from Cool Springs Press

Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes
Keyed to Cities and Regions in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas
by Baker H. Morrow
Book Description: New Mexico gardeners have long needed this book—a careful guide to the trees, shrubs, ground covers, and smaller plants that thrive in the state's many life zones and climates. In a state where the altitude varies from 3,000 feet above sea level at Carlsbad, to 13,000 feet at Mount Wheeler near Taos, where the annual rainfall is anywhere from 7 inches at White Sands to 30 inches in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where the soil is loose and gravelly, or thick and hard, or dark and rich, this guide, organized by regions and specific cities, will be especially useful. It also includes information on adjacent areas in Colorado and Arizona and on El Paso. In addition to the top hundred-plus species for each location, the author provides suggestions for more adventurous gardeners and information on historic landscapes around the state. He also points out a favorite well-planned and well-maintained garden or landscape that is open to the public in each community. 

A landscape architect in Albuquerque for twenty-five years, Baker Morrow is intimately acquainted with how things grow in New Mexico. He is also generous in sharing his personal preferences. He mentions the species he likes "for their toughness, adaptability, and sturdy beauty in a difficult climate," and also the ones he admires for "their cheerfulness and their ability to grace our lives with shade, with helpful protection from the wind, and an endless series of wonderful colors." With many hundreds of native and exotic species readily available, no New Mexico gardener can afford to be without this book.
Paperback: 280 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 10.95 x 8.50 
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; ; (October )
ISBN: 082631595X 

Cacti : The Illustrated Dictionary
by Rod Preston-Mafham
Listed under Cacti

A Desert Gardener's Companion
by Kim Nelson, Paul Mirocha
Paperback from Rio Nuevo Publishers

 

Desert Gardening : Fruits and Vegetables
by George Brookbank
Paperback: 288 pages
Fisher Books; ISBN: 1555610021; Revised edition (July 1988)
 
Desert Landscaping: How to Start and Maintain a Healthy Landscape in the Southwest
by George Brookbank
Paperback from University of Arizona Press
1992

The Desert Gardener's Calendar: Your Month-By-Month Guide
by George Brookbank
Paperback from University of Arizona Press

Extreme Gardening : How to Grow Organic in the Hostile Deserts
by David Owens
Paperback from Poco Verde Landscape

Growing Desert Plants: From Windowsill to Garden
by Theodore B. Hodoba, Mimi Kamp, Charles Mann
Paperback from Red Crane Books

The Garden Guy: Seasonal Guide to Organic Gardening in the Desert Southwest
by David Owens
Paperback from Gem Guides Book Co.

Growing Food in the High Desert Country
by Julie Behrend Weinberg
Paperback from Sunstone Press
1985

High Desert Yards and Gardens
by Lynn Ellen Doxon
Paperback from University of New Mexico Press

Month-by-month Gardening In The Desert Southwest : 
by Mary Irish
Paperback from Cool Springs Press

Natural by Design: Beauty and Balance in Southwest Gardens
by Judith Phillips
Paperback from Museum of New Mexico Pr

Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes
by Judy Mielke
Hardcover from Univ of Texas Press
1993

Native Landscaping From El Paso to L.A.
by Sally Wasowski, Andy Wasowski
Paperback from McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books

Plants for Dry Climates: How to Select, Grow and Enjoy
by Mary Rose Duffield, Warren D. Jones
Paperback from Perseus Publishing

Plants for Natural Gardens : Southwestern Native & Adaptive Trees, Shrubs, Wildflowers & Grasses
by Judith Phillips, Museum of New Mexico Pr
ISBN: 089013281X

Succulents : The Illustrated Dictionary
by Maurizio Sajeva
ISBN: 0881923982

Taylor's Guide to Gardening in the Southwest (Taylor's Guides to Gardening)
by Roger Holmes (Editor), Rita Buchanan (Editor), Frances Tenenbaum (Editor), Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
ISBN: 0395596807

The Undaunted Garden : Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty
by Lauren Springer, Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: 1555911153

Western Garden Annual 1998 (Annual)
by Sunset Magazine and Sunset Books (Editor), Sunset Books (Lane)
ISBN: 037606109X

Western Garden Problem Solver
by Inc Staff Sunset Books, Leisure Arts
ISBN: 0376061324

Western Landscaping Book
by Fiona Gilsenan (Editor), Kathleen Norris Brenzel (Editor), Sunset Pub Co
ISBN: 0376039051

Xeriscape Color Guide : 100 Water-Wise Plants for Gardens and Landscapes
by David Winger (Editor), Ken Ball (Introduction), American Staff Denver Water (Editor), Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: 1555913911

Xeriscape Plant Guide
by Denver Water, Rob Proctor
Paperback from Fulcrum Pub

The Xeriscape Flower Gardener : A Waterwise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region
by Jim Knopf, Johnson Books
ISBN: 1555660770

Landscape Plants for Western Regions : An Illustrated Guide to Plants for Water Conservation
by Bob Perry, Land Design Pub
ISBN: 0960598839
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The Succulent Garden : A Practical Gardening Guide
by Yvonne Cave, Timber Pr
ISBN: 0881923788
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