Western gardeners know this book as their gardening bible. Since the 1930's, growers of all kinds of plants in the many diverse climate regions of the western U.S. have referred to this book for regionally appropriate information. The newest ninth edition, released this year, is completely updated and redesigned to include the latest on issues such as climate change and water conservation. 2000 full color photos and 9000 entries in the plant encyclopedia provide an amazing breadth of information on both ornamental and edible plants, supplemented with a helpful section covering basic gardening principles.
Sunset has also relaunched an updated version of its popular online Plant Finder database, along with a companion mobile app. These new offerings feature 2000 of the West's most popular plants, including 1000 new entries that are searchable by zip code, Sunset Climate Zone, plant type, sun and water requirements, height, spread, problem solving attributes and special needs.
If you garden anywhere from Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico west to Alaska and Hawaii (and corresponding areas of Canada), this is a reference you'll return to again and again.