Sunday, October 21, 2012


My gardening life changed the moment I snatched this one off the shelf at a local bookstore. Every photo on every page was inspiring. Usually even a great book on gardening has a few 'slow' spots. But not this one. 
With over 300 sensational photos, there's lots to see.

And it's not all prickly cacti. There are dazzling flowers, water features, colorful walls, and nifty garden nooks throughout the book.

There are chapters on climate, courtyard gardens, small gardens, sculptural gardens, wildlife gardens, plants for xeriscapes, and a special chapter on garden design.

Usually the Sunset books are for beginners. But I found myself entranced by the designs, the colors, and the creative format of this almost 200 page book.

As you can see by the images of my front garden, I've got a southwest spirit even though I garden in the eastern part of the state.
That's it for this time. For over 100 more garden reviews, visit my nifty garden friend, Holley. 
Her colorful button is up there on the top of my blog!
Thanks for galloping on over to my book review, partner!
Until next time,
Happy Trails!
Photo of the my front garden from this month's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day


  1. That last photo of your garden is amazing! I'm happy to hear that this book has much so to offer, and that every page is exciting. That they can cover so many different features of gardening in the Southwest sounds like it makes for a wonderful book. This book sounds like a great read! Thanks so much for joining in!

  2. Must check out this book especially as you've found the photos inspiring :)

  3. it's great to find a book that exactly suits your gardening needs. I'm always fascinated and inspired by desert gardening.

  4. Lovely set-up.
    The only think I'm cautious about is the agave's thorns & spikes.
    And they do really well in a hot sunny spot without my watering.

  5. I always enjoy your book reviews...and it looks like it was a good one. I Like your GBBD pic...looks like you're an expert in southwest garden design.

  6. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Thought I would hop on over to yours and see what you are up to. I love this book! Being someone who lives in the Southwest and loves to garden, I may have to buy it! Happy gardening! ~ Lindy

  7. Is that a new book, David? I have run across quite a few Sunset books that really inspire me, including Hillside Landscaping and the Outdoor Living Series from a few years ago: Lots of great pics and good how-to info.


I always appreciate your comments & questions! Happy Gardening from David/ Tropical Texana

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