Horticulturist, garden designer, and writer Kevin Walsh has released his new gardening guide, Waterwise Plants and Gardening, describing 400 of the best dry-tolerant plants, from large trees to small bulbs, and includes groundcovers, climbers, shrubs and perennials.

The book sets out the six easy-to-use principles to create a beautiful garden that not only uses water wisely, but also creates a resilient, sustainable and low maintenance environment.

Every plant is illustrated with a colour photograph, along with a full description and notes on growing conditions and maintenance.

There are also lists to help pick the right waterwise plant for the situation.

Combining Australia’s longest selling book on waterwise gardening with the author’s follow up on waterwise plants, this revised and updated edition uses symbols, full colour photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams to create the complete guide to waterwise gardening for Australian conditions.

Kevin is based Castlemaine, Victoria, and has been described by Country Gardener magazine as a ‘dedicated and erudite landscape designer’, working throughout country Victoria designing and advising on gardens of all shapes and sizes.

His writing has appeared in a number of books, magazines and journals, including Botanica’s Trees and Shrubs, The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens, The Age, and Your Garden.

For ten years he answered gardening questions for the garden page of The Age and he has been an ABC radio regular for almost five years.

He is an acknowledged expert in waterwise gardens, having written Australia’s first book on the subject published first in 1993, with a second edition in 1995. The fully revised third edition of his much acclaimed book, Waterwise Gardening, was released in January 2004.

He has spoken widely on the topic and is also a consultant on the subject to various water authorities, including Coliban Water and Sydney Water.

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