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Those enchanting stars of the garden, hardy succulents, are superbly photographed and described in this extraordinary new gardening book. Holt's mesmerizing photographs capture the exotic forms of succulents in the landscape and show them as ground covers, container plants, and green roof and rock garden features. Kelaidis's enthusiasm for these magnificent plants and the texture they bring to gardens is apparent as she details the charms of hens-and-chicks, cactus, ice plants, sedums, yuccas, and others in an authoritative and encouraging voice. Kelaidis (former co-owner, Rocky Mountain Rare Plants), a horticulturist and garden designer, offers practical tips on siting, planting, soil requirements, and care of succulents for every hardiness zone in a clear and confident voice. Advice on pairing succulents with perennials, using them as focal points in the garden, and protecting them from the cold of winter is dispensed in lively prose. Instructions are illustrated and easy to follow, and specific plants are described in all the necessary detail. Includes a glossary, an index, and listings of suppliers and public gardens featuring succulents. This delightful book will be practical and inspiring for both novice and experienced gardeners. Highly recommended for all public library collections.
—Donna L. Davey
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