I just finished reading this book by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a wonderful reminder that instead of altering the landscape to suit the needs of the plants we want to use, we should be instead determining what plants will do best in the environment as it is. The plants will be much more successful that way, and there will be much less maintenance required!
The authors provide numerous stories about how various situations they’ve been in began with one mindset but ended up being tremendously successful by their recognizing some aspect of the landscape that clued them in about what plants would be best suited to the area.
Gorgeous pictures and very inspiring. I highly recommend it.