There’s a growing demand for dependably hardy plants that require less maintenance and less water, but look no less beautiful in the garden. Plant Select—the leading purveyor of plants designed to thrive in difficult climates—meets this need by promoting plants that allow gardeners everywhere to have stunning, environmentally-friendly gardens that use fewer resources. Pretty Tough Plants highlights 135 of Plant Select’s top plant picks. Each profile features a color photograph and specific details about the plant’s size, best features, and bloom season, along with cultural needs, landscape features, and design ideas. The plant list includes perennials and annuals, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. A chart at the end of the book makes it easy to choose the right plants for specific conditions and needs.

If water-wise plants are what you are looking for in your garden, then Pretty Tough Plants by the experts at Plant Select is here to help. Plant Select is a brand of plants that are specially designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions. They promote plants for gardeners looking to use fewer resources and to grow environmentally friendly gardens in challenging climates.

The book divides the plants into eight different categories or chapters: Tender Perennials and Annuals; Petites; Groundcovers; Perennials; Ornamental Grasses; Vines; Shrubs; and Trees and Conifers. The plant reference guide at the back lists the plants scientific name, common name, maximum height and width, bloom season, flower color, zone, sun exposure and watering needs, wildlife considerations, special landscape notes, and if the plant has North American roots.

I found the book very useful. Each plant has a quick notes reference with its best features, culture (how it grows and what it needs), its landscape usage, and the origin and native region. A full color photograph accompanies each listing. 135 plants are well described here, making it a great garden reference book to own.

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