Plants and Landscapes For Summer-Dry Climates

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Winner of the American Horticultural Society's 2005 Book Award

EBMUD's beautifully photographed 336-page book features more than 650 native Californian and Mediterranean plants suited to the climate and microclimates found throughout much of California and the West. Over 500 color photos show plants in garden settings that blend well with natural surroundings and reduce reliance on water. Order directly through EBMUD or buy at local and online bookstores.

NEW! View and Search

View all of the plants from the book with this easy-to-use, searchable site hosted and managed by the book's photographer, Saxon Holt. Browse by plant type (i.e. shrub, tree, perennial) or search by plant name, genus, or by generic garden terms, such as "flower" or "path."

California Plant Database

Do a search and create your own list of low water-use plants with this user-friendly tool for finding plants well-suited to the Bay Area's summer-dry climate. 

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Soft Cover - $34.95, plus tax (free shipping)

Hard cover - $49.95, plus tax (free shipping)

EBMUD customers:  a $10.00 discount per book will be applied when your order is mailed within the EBMUD service area.

Book sellers: Wholesale ordering information

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List of Bookstores

See this list of local and online bookstores that carry "Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates".

Preview the Book

This overview includes a table of contents and sample pages from several chapters, available as a PDF file, which can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software. 

Chapters include information on:

  • Climate and natural plant communities
  • Garden design and maintenance
  • Inspiration for creating lush landscapes while conserving water
  • Limiting green waste
  • Protecting creeks and providing habitat for wildlife
  • Charts and lists to assist in selecting plants for special situations
  • Gardens that attract butterflies and birds
  • Information on each plant's needs for sun and water, frost tolerance, and soil preferences

EMBUD worked closely with local gardeners, landscape designers, horticulturists, and nursery owners to reflect their hands-on experience with growing these plants in the nine counties of the greater Bay Area.

Praise for EBMUD's Plant Book

“As an overall production, this book is spectacular.”  Ray Rogers, AHS Book Award Committee 2005 American Horticultural Society Book Award Winner

“Stunningly designed and lusciously photographed . . .” Lisa Van Cleef, San Francisco Chronicle

“Gorgeous enough to grace any coffee table . . .”  Holly Hayes, Mercury News

“A serious reference for the professional, tempting delights for the amateur, and a pleasure for non-gardeners because of its beauty.”  Shirley Barker, Berkeley Daily Planet

“Simply stunning!  Bravo!”  Phyllis Faber, University of California Press

“A truly fine book . . . off the charts.  Highest recommendations.”  Katherine Grace Endicott, San Francisco Chronicle

“Expect to have your socks knocked off.”  Nancy Bauer, Pacific Sun

"A feast for the eyes, loaded with lush photographs and helpful tips.”  Sean O’Hara, Mediterranean Garden Society

“Handsome and useful.  Find a place for this one on your bookshelf.”  Robert Smaus, Los Angeles Times

“One of the best books on Mediterranean gardening I have yet encountered . . . well organized, highly informative, and gallops along in an entertaining manner.” Pat Welsh, The American Gardener