Climate Change Gardening for the South

Planet-Friendly Solutions for Thriving Gardens

By Barbara J. Sullivan

232 pp., 8 x 9, 62 color plates, 1 map, 23 tables, appends., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6967-0
    Published: September 2022
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6968-7
    Published: July 2022
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6150-4
    Published: July 2022

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Gardeners across the nation are seeing clear signs of trouble in their home gardens, no matter the size—like many aspects of life on our warming planet, gardening practices need updates. In the Southeast, gardeners are under pressure to deal with increasing weather extremes, shifting hardiness zones, and seasonal unpredictability. Such environmental conditions are increasingly tough on plants as well as insects, pollinators, birds, and mammals.

In this lively and heartening guide, Barbara J. Sullivan offers an essential, easy-to-use resource for adapting to the new realities of climate change. This book will empower southerners to grow beautiful gardens while using gardening practices that contribute to solutions for our shared environment.

  • Surveys the science behind climate change and gardening
  • Covers USDA hardiness zones 5a to 9b, which include thirteen southeastern states
  • Gives advice on planning and installing gardens that will not only thrive but also help address critical environmental challenges
  • Covers key topics ranging from designing a climate-friendly garden that will attract songbirds and pollinators to weaning off gas-powered tools to using water wisely
  • Features a wealth of color illustrations, charts, and tables brimming with recommended native plants for the region

About the Author

Barbara J. Sullivan, author of Garden Perennials for the Coastal South, lives and gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina.
For more information about Barbara J. Sullivan, visit the Author Page.


"An excellent source of advice on positive alterations to your garden . . . Sullivan presents methods that emphasize the use of native plants and natural materials for lessening the weather’s impact on our gardens."—Triangle Gardener

"Sullivan just might change your perception of what makes a successful garden. Whether a suburban yard, a strip in an urban setting, containers on a patio, or an open field, it’s possible to create a vibrantly healthy garden that is part of a larger climate change solution."—Coastline, WQHR

"Sullivan writes clearly and with obvious passion, and her text is accessible to backyard beginners as well as specialists."—StarNews

"I appreciate the regional emphasis of this book; with its focus on native plants, it brings the discussion of climate change to a useful local level. Will appeal to gardeners interested in taking a more sustainable gardening path, and of course, the more people who take action, the better!"—Ginny Stibolt, author of Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future

"Will assist a wide range of gardeners, experienced or not, in creating climate-friendly gardens at their own homes. Explaining the key scientific principles in simple, understandable language, Sullivan teaches how to grow places that are alive, fascinating, and more attractive to birds and other wildlife."—Barbara W. Ellis, author of Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide