Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate

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Succulents are the drama queens of contemporary gardens. Their pointy tips, barbed spines, plump moisture-filled leaves, and unexpectedly vivid blooms are the perfect choice for gardeners seeking bold plant statements. Flashy, yes, but hardy succulents are also easy-going plants, able to thrive in every region, and add their good looks to any garden design. Count on them for the spark your garden needs.

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Overview

Succulents are the drama queens of contemporary gardens. Their pointy tips, barbed spines, plump moisture-filled leaves, and unexpectedly vivid blooms are the perfect choice for gardeners seeking bold plant statements. Flashy, yes, but hardy succulents are also easy-going plants, able to thrive in every region, and add their good looks to any garden design. Count on them for the spark your garden needs.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I LOVE this gorgeous, inspiring, info-packed book for gardening in the Age of Climate Change and highly recommend it. “

GardenRant.com

“[Kelaidis] writes an accessible descriptive primer with tips on selecting plants, pots and garden sites; and designing your container or in-ground succulent garden.”

The Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)

“Kelaidis…certainly knows her stuff and brings a fine introduction to these diverse plants to print.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

School Library Journal

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580177009
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/20/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 333,375
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.

Gwen Moore Kelaidis is one of the foremost experts on rock gardening in the United States. She is the former co-owner of Rocky Mountain Rare Plants, a mail-order nursery, and for 11 years was the editor of the Bulletin of the American Rock Garden Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Glories of Succulence
1. Companions and Stars
2. Tiny Gems
3. Containers
4. Succulent Ground Covers
5. Perennial Companions
6. Shrublike Selections
7. Planting, Propagation, and Care

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    This is an excellent book! Full of useful information. Highly re

    This is an excellent book! Full of useful information. Highly recommend.

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