The power of my pen describes the power of plants

My computer long ago replaced pen and paper, but nothing replaces my interest and curiosity about everything involving plants and gardens, especially in regions with precious little rainfall (or snowfall).

My background in botany (the science of plants) and biology are the backbone of my work. I write so readers can understand the concepts behind the content. That’s important since my goal is to empower people to be more than comfortable with plants; I want to inspire plant explorers and create problem solvers. I want everyone to fall in love with nature and with the world of plants, just as I have.

Books by Nan Sterman

I write to spread the gospel of waterwise plants and gardens to both seasoned gardeners and complete novices.

Hot Color, Dry Garden

by Nan Sterman

If you worry that "going low water" means having a drab, brown garden, this book is for you.

Hot Color, Dry Garden provides home gardeners with a joyful, color-filled way to exuberantly garden in low-water conditions. Garden expert Nan Sterman highlights inspiring examples of brilliant gardens filled with water-smart plants. Gardeners will find advice for adding color to the garden, information about designing for structure and texture, and a plant directory that features drought-tolerant plants that dazzle. Hot Color, Dry Garden is a must-have guide for gardeners in the Southwest and other areas affected by drought and low-water conditions.

Published by Timber Press, 2018

>> Buy the book directly from Nan to have it personally inscribed.


California Gardener's Guide Volume II

by Nan Sterman

As California's water becomes more and more precious, California Gardener's Guide Volume II has fast become the essential book for every California gardener.

This is the FIRST book written about low water gardening, specifically for California home gardeners

California Gardener's Guide Volume II includes

  • A primer on how to garden in California where summers are long, hot, and dry, and what rains there are, come in winter
  • 272 photo-filed pages with nearly 800 plants, the majority of which are low water and absolutely gorgeous
  • Tips and techniques that focus on the details of creating the garden of your dreams

Published by Cool Springs Press, 2007; 272 pages - Out of print


Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest

by Nan Sterman, Mary Irish, Judith Phillips, Joe Lamp'l

Wherever you live in the southwest, this book helps you create a beautiful, low-water landscape. Noted authors Nan Sterman (California), Mary Irish (Arizona), and Judith Phillips (New Mexico) combine their knowledge to create a book for all gardeners who live where water is limited. This book includes the authors' best advice, tips, and tricks, as well as more than 100 plants that work throughout the region.

Published by Cool Springs Press, 2010 - Out of print

Articles & Blog Posts

My articles and blog posts appear in regional and major gardening publications, in print and on-line across the United States, and abroad as well.


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