Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants

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With their colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and simple care, succulents are beautiful yet forgiving plants for pots. If grown in containers, these dry-climate jewels — which include but are not limited to cacti — can be brought indoors in winter and so can thrive anywhere in the world.

In this inspiring compendium, the popular author of Designing with Succulents provides everything beginners and experienced gardeners need to know to create stunning container displays of ...

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Overview


With their colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and simple care, succulents are beautiful yet forgiving plants for pots. If grown in containers, these dry-climate jewels — which include but are not limited to cacti — can be brought indoors in winter and so can thrive anywhere in the world.

In this inspiring compendium, the popular author of Designing with Succulents provides everything beginners and experienced gardeners need to know to create stunning container displays of exceptionally waterwise plants. The extensive palette includes delicate sedums, frilly echeverias, cascading senecios, edgy agaves, and fat-trunked beaucarneas, to name just a few. Easy-to-follow, expert tips explain soil mixes, overwintering, propagation, and more.

Define your individual style as you effectively combine patterns, colors, textures, and forms. Discover how top designers interpret the dramatic options, in ideas ranging from exquisite plant-and-pot combinations to extraordinary topiaries and bonsai. Expand your repertoire with plump-leaved plants that resemble pebbles, stars, and undersea creatures. Short on space? Create vertical gardens and hanging baskets, and use daisylike rosettes in wall displays.

Each of the more than 300 photographs offers an inspiring idea. A-to-Z descriptions cover 350 of the best succulents, plus companion plants. Whether your goal is a gorgeous potted garden for a sunny windowsill or outdoor living area — or simply making great gifts — this is a comprehensive primer for creating vibrant, living works of art.

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Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
“Planting succulents in containers opens the way for a hobby within a hobby.”
— Dean Fosdick
Los Angeles Times
“Seeing how gardeners turned birdbaths and tiered water fountains into flowing arrangements of sedum, aeonium, echeveria and crassula struck me as the perfect comeback to those who say succulents are boring.”
Life on the Balcony blog
"Succulent Container Gardens lives up to all of my hopes and expectations for the book. ...if you're thinking that 2010 will be the year you give succulents a try, this book will help you create a unique and beautiful pot or two or ten. Not to mention give you enough information to keep your new plants alive for many years to come."
Gardens Illustrated

"Succulent Container Gardens lives up to all of my hopes and expectations for the book. ...if you're thinking that 2010 will be the year you give succulents a try, this book will help you create a unique and beautiful pot or two or ten. Not to mention give you enough information to keep your new plants alive for many years to come."
Booklist

"There is plenty to inspire here, with lots of lovely photographs of plants spilling out of all manner of pots; and Baldwin’s extensive information…has the hallmark of personal experience."
Apartment Therapy blog

"There is plenty to inspire here, with lots of lovely photographs of plants spilling out of all manner of pots; and Baldwin’s extensive information…has the hallmark of personal experience."
Omnivoracious blog

"Baldwin will surely ignite a fire under green thumbs who are already drawn to this realm of intriguingly textural plants. ... Regardless of skill level, gardeners will draw on Baldwin's expert propagation advice for a cost-cutting way to expand one's garden."
Fine Gardening Online

"The information is presented clearly and simply and would be great for a novice but still in depth enough for a semi-seasoned succulent-er."
SciTech Book News

"As I paged through this book for the first time, I think I shouted some obscene expression of admiration every few pages."
Associated Press Staff
“Planting succulents in containers opens the way for a hobby within a hobby.”
— Dean Fosdick
Associated Press - Dean Fosdick

“Planting succulents in containers opens the way for a hobby within a hobby.”
From the Publisher

“I strongly suggest that you add a copy to the shopping list for yourself. You’ll be reading it for years.”

“A pleasure for the eye and filled with ideas and useful information."

Los Angeles Times - Mari Malcolm

“Seeing how gardeners turned birdbaths and tiered water fountains into flowing arrangements of sedum, aeonium, echeveria and crassula struck me as the perfect comeback to those who say succulents are boring.”
Booklist
"Baldwin will surely ignite a fire under green thumbs who are already drawn to this realm of intriguingly textural plants. ... Regardless of skill level, gardeners will draw on Baldwin's expert propagation advice for a cost-cutting way to expand one's garden."
Gardens Illustrated
"There is plenty to inspire here, with lots of lovely photographs of plants spilling out of all manner of pots; and Baldwin’s extensive information…has the hallmark of personal experience."
Apartment Therapy blog
"The information is presented clearly and simply and would be great for a novice but still in depth enough for a semi-seasoned succulent-er."
Omnivoracious blog
"As I paged through this book for the first time, I think I shouted some obscene expression of admiration every few pages."

— Mari Malcolm

Fine Gardening Online
“I strongly suggest that you add a copy to the shopping list for yourself. You’ll be reading it for years.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929591
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 104,673
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Lee Baldwin gardens on “an inhospitable half acre” in the foothills of southern California, where temperatures range from below freezing to 110 degrees F. As a garden photojournalist and scout for major magazines, she developed an appealing and sophisticated design aesthetic; as a hands-on gardener, she knows what works and what doesn’t. In addition to writing and illustrating articles, books, and blog posts and giving presentations at major flower-and-garden shows, Debra shares her passion for plants that drink responsibly via seasonal newsletters, workshops, YouTube videos, and social media such as Facebook. Find out what she’s up to and where she’ll be at debraleebaldwin.com.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    Outstanding book!

    When I received Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin I liked succulents, but now that I have read it, I absolutely love them. This is the best container gardening book I’ve found. I always pick out a plant and put it in the right size pot with no consideration to color and shape. This book helps the reader make their container gardens into works of art.

    Succulent Container Gardens is divided into four parts. In part one Pairing Plants with Pots, the book shows how the shape and color of the plant and pot can compliment each other. Different pot styles are discussed, including ideas for using items around the house or thrift store finds. For a quick crash-course there is a section, Ten Quick and Easy Plant-Pot Combos.

    Part 2 is Plant Palette with a description of the different kinds of succulents and their growing needs. Also included is information on the use of some nonsucculent plants as companion plants.

    Part 3 is Creative Designs and Displays which shows plant groupings, hanging baskets, wreaths, stacked displays and even working with miniatures. These are some of the most beautiful succulent displays I have ever seen.

    Part 4 is Planting, Care, and Propagation to make sure your plants stay healthy and prolific.

    The photographs throughout the book are outstanding and numerous. They inspired me to begin planning for both indoor and outdoor displays. My favorite quote of the book is in the preface: “These are the plants that allow you to be lazy.” I highly recommend this book.

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