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As global temperatures rise, there is a risk drought will become more frequent across the globe. This book is a collection of over 50 beautiful, fascinating and – most importantly – drought-proof species from around the world.


Author: Philip Clayton, 208 pages, 50 illustrations, 216 x 156 mm. Hardback, ISBN 9781802797251. Welbeck Publishing in association with Kew Publishing, 2024.

Dazzling, diverse, durable - discover the remarkable drought-proof plants that flourish in the driest environments.

With rainfall unpredictable and summers increasingly hot, plants that survive and thrive in these conditions have become more important than ever.

Through expert text and beautiful botanical illustrations from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Parched explores the captivating variety that exists in the world of dry plants. From poppies and palms to cypress and cyclamen, this stunning book showcases the incredible species that have become a mainstay of dry gardens around the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Philip Clayton is a freelance garden writer and editor, and one of the UK's most knowledgeable horticulturists, having previously worked with the RHS for two decades, latterly as Deputy Editor of The Garden magazine. He has written hundreds of articles for a broad range of publications with expertise in garden plants, gardens (great and small) and nurseries. Phil's knowledge is substantial, borne from personal endeavour and an appetite to grow a diverse selection of plants, currently in his small walled garden in Peterborough, one of the UK's driest cities. His most recent book, A Plant for Every Day of the Year, was published by Dorling Kindersley in October 2022.

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