Gardeners across the nation are seeing clear signs of trouble in their home gardens, no matter the size--like many aspects of life on our warming planet, gardening practices need updates. In the Southeast, gardeners are under pressure to deal with increasing weather extremes, shifting hardiness zones, and seasonal unpredictability. Such environmental conditions are increasingly tough on plants as well as insects, pollinators, birds, and mammals.
In this lively and heartening guide, Barbara J. Sullivan offers an essential, easy-to-use resource for adapting to the new realities of climate change. This book will empower southerners to grow beautiful gardens while using gardening practices that contribute to solutions for our shared environment.
- Surveys the science behind climate change and gardening
- Covers USDA hardiness zones 5a to 9b, which include thirteen southeastern states
- Gives advice on planning and installing gardens that will not only thrive but also help address critical environmental challenges
- Covers key topics ranging from designing a climate-friendly garden that will attract songbirds and pollinators to weaning off gas-powered tools to using water wisely
- Features a wealth of color illustrations, charts, and tables brimming with recommended native plants for the region