So so book from my persepctive. Perhaps I might have gotten more out of it if I resided in the New Mexico area.
Here's a description from here-
"Paradise by Design is a wonderful book about landscaping with native plants, but rather than a garden book, it is a narrative about a wonderful landscape designer in the Santa Cruz area and the projects she works on. Delightful, informative, made me want to start life over as a landscape architect/designer."