American gardeners have consulted the USDA Plant Hardiness Map for years in order to select plants that can survive local cold temperature extremes. This Plant Hardiness Map has saved many gardeners money because it tell us what will survive the frigid temperatures of winter in our region and what won't. But gardeners have also needed a map that tells what plants will survive the heat during the summer. Such a map is now in print and in an easy-to-use text for the first time. Heat-Zone Gardening, by Dr. H. Marc Cathey, is one text that should be on every serious gardener's bookshelf.

Heat-Zone Gardening contains the new American Horticultural Society Plant Heat-Zone Map that will help you choose plants that will thrive in your particular region's warmest weather. No more guess work about plants that can't take the heat. You can now create a garden that fits your climate and landscape no matter where you live in the United States.

This handy reference divides the United States into twelve color-coded zones based on how many "heat days" (temperatures over 86 degrees F) each region receives annually. Heat-Zone Gardening will also show you how to assess your landscape, use mulches to cool plants, create cooling shade, and choose a watering system. In addition, gardeners will also learn how to choose plants that will adapt to your climate, design a water-thrifty landscape, make microclimates work, and use summer-survival gardening techniques. The book provided Plant Profiles with heat zone information for nearly 500 commonly used annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs. But Cathey also explains how to design your garden wisely for the century. He takes into consideration lawns, hardscapes, slopes, container gardens, wildflowers, and native plants. Easy to follow, simple step-by-step instructions show you how to help your plants beat the heat.

Dr. Cathey, a renowned research horticulturist, is the President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, and has spent 24 years at the USDA, where his study of the effect of light, temperature, pollutants, and chemicals on plant growth benefited commercial growers and consumers alike. Cathey was also instrumental in the organization of the USDA Plant Hardiness Map which serious gardeners have consulted for years. Heat-Zone Gardening will prove to be one the most indispensable references any gardener can own, and it is user friendly for both beginner and advanced gardeners. This is one book you will consult often for years to come.

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