The Watersmart Garden: 100 Great Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape
256pp. November 2013
The Watersmart Garden: 100 Great Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape
Author: Rauch, Fred D.; Weissich, Paul R.;
2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Honorable Mention for Excellence in Natural Science

Two of Hawai`i’s foremost horticulturalists, Fred Rauch and Paul Weissich, have chosen 100 plants perfect for inclusion in Hawai`i’s watersmart xeriscape gardens. These carefully chosen plants, all readily available and fairly simple to maintain, are described and illustrated in this guide to planning a water-saving garden for the tropical climate. The Watersmart Garden will help you to select and group plants to create a beautiful garden while saving our most precious resource―water. Xeriscape principles are carefully explained and made easy to incorporate in your garden. Plants are organized by size and by water usage, while thoughtful plant notes will guide the interested gardener in planning for everything from the beach garden to a lei maker’s paradise. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of each plant in situ and with flowers or foliage in close-up.

224 illus.

A Latitude 20 Book
Author: Rauch, Fred D.; Weissich, Paul R.;
Fred D. Rauch, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of horticulture at the University of Hawai`i, where he served as extension specialist in horticulture for twenty-five years. Paul R. Weissich, A.S.L.A., is a licensed landscape architect whose familiarity with tropical landscape species has resulted in numerous consultant assignments. Rauch and Weissich are the authors of Plants for Tropical Landscapes and Small Trees for the Tropical Landscape.
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   vii -Acknowledgments

   ix - Introduction

    1 - Ground Covers

  28 - Small Shrubs: 2–6 Feet

  64 - Medium Shrubs: 6–10 Feet

  96 - Large Shrubs: Over 10 Feet

134 - SmallTrees: 15–30 Feet

168 - MediumTrees: 30–50 Feet

198 - LargeTrees: Over 50 Feet

203 - Vines

213 - Appendix A: Plant List Organized by Zone

217 - Appendix B: Xeriscape Plants for Hedges, WindBreaks, and Screens

219 - Appendix C: Colors for the Xeriscape

225 - Appendix D: Xeriscape Plants for the Beach Garden

227 - Appendix E: Evapotranspiration

229 - Appendix F: Hawai‘i-Pacific Weed Risk AssessmentProject

231 - Suggested Reading

233 - Index