Plants and Landscapes For Summer-Dry Climates

Cover: Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates

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 maintained 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."

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Hard cover - $49.95 plus tax (free shipping)

Soft cover is no longer available.

EBMUD customers: a $20 discount per book will be applied when your order is mailed within the EBMUD service area.

Book sellers: Wholesale ordering information

Bookstores carrying Plants and Landscapes

The bookstores listed below carry Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates. Call to confirm that the book is currently in stock. Visit the UC Botanical Garden at 200 Centennial Drive in Berkeley to see the plants fully grown and thriving and to get ideas for your own landscape!

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery 1310 McGee Ave, Berkeley (510) 526-4704
Black Oak Books 2618 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley (510) 486-0698
Builders Booksource 1817 Fourth Street, Berkeley (800) 843-2028
East Bay Nursery 2332 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley (510) 845-6490
Laurel Books 4100 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland (510) 531-2073
Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts 2904 College Ave, Oakland (510) 704-8222
Diesel, A Book Store 5433 College Ave, Oakland (510) 653-9965
Grand Lake Garden Center 4001 Grand Avenue, Oakland (510) 652-9143
Alden Lane Nursery 981 Alden Ln, Livermore (925) 447-0280
Navlet's Garden Center 1555 Kirker Pass Rd, Concord
800 Camino Ramon, Danville
6740 Alhambra, Martinez
2895 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill
(925) 681-0550
(925) 837-9144
(925) 935-9125
(925) 393-9000
Orchard Nursery 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette (925) 284-4474
Orinda Books 276 Village Square, Orinda (925) 254-7606
McDonnell Nursery 196 Moraga Way, Orinda (925) 254-3713
The Gardens at Heather Farm 1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek (925) 947-1539
Alexander Book Co. 50 Second St, San Francisco (415) 495-2992
Cover to Cover Books 1307 Castro St, San Francisco (415) 282-8080
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia St, San Francisco (415) 282-1901
Green Apple Books 506 Clement St, San Francisco (650) 827-0239
SF Botanical Garden Bookstore 9th Ave at Lincoln Way, San Francisco (415) 661-1316, Ext. 308
Seam Studio 600 Illinois St, San Francisco (415) 621-9899
Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera (415) 927-0960
Cooperfield's Books 104 Matheson St, Healdsburg
140 Kentucky St, Petaluma
(707) 433-9270
(707) 762-0563
Green Jeans Garden Supply 690 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley (415) 389-8333
Habitat Books 803 Bridgeway, Sausalito (415) 331-3344
Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery 3244 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol (707) 823-9125
Point Reyes Books 11315 State Route One, Point Reyes Station (415) 663-1542
Readers' Books 130 E. Napa St, Sonoma (707) 939-1779
Sloat Garden Center 1580 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael (415) 453-3977
Leigh's Favorite Books 121 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408) 736-2665
Norrie's Gift Shop
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
1156  High Street, Santa Cruz (831) 423-4977
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo (805) 541-1400
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara (805) 682-4726
Yamagami's Nursery 1361 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino (408) 252-3347

Preview the Book

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.

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

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

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

More Resources

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.