Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties

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Succulents are hot. And Debra Lee Baldwin, the bestselling author of Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, is the ideal guide for gardeners, crafters, and DIYers looking for an introduction to these trendy, low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants. Succulents Simplified is a complete primer on choosing, growing and designing with succulents. Along with gorgeous photos packed with design ideas, Debra offers her top 100 plant picks and explains how to grow and care for succulents no matter...

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Overview

Succulents are hot. And Debra Lee Baldwin, the bestselling author of Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, is the ideal guide for gardeners, crafters, and DIYers looking for an introduction to these trendy, low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants. Succulents Simplified is a complete primer on choosing, growing and designing with succulents. Along with gorgeous photos packed with design ideas, Debra offers her top 100 plant picks and explains how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live. Step-by-step projects, including a cake-stand centerpiece, special-occasion bouquets, a vertical garden, and a succulent topiary sphere, will inspire you to express your individual style. Whether you’re a novice or veteran, have an acre to fill or a few pots, live in Calexico or Canada, Succulents Simplified is a dazzling primer for success with succulents wherever you live!


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Succulents (plants that seem to specialize in water-storing) have become popular, even stylish in several regions. It's easy to see why: Succulents are attractive, low-maintenance, and offer possibilities for indoor and outdoor gardeners alike. Debra Lee Baldwin's trade paperback original is earmarked for women and men who want to know more about what has become a trendy field in gardening. Her roster of 100 succulent plant picks might serve as a rich incentive for mastering her step-by-step projects and detailed growing tips.

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"This fresh and entertaining volume certainly deserves a green thumbs up."
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"This fresh and entertaining volume certainly deserves a green thumbs up."

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Gardening photojournalist Baldwin (Designing with Succulents) presents her third book about growing succulents, indoors and out. In the first section she describes both the use of succulents in the ground as well as in a variety of containers. She includes information on design fundamentals and basic maintenance issues. Part two has step-by-step instructions for decorative craft projects. Part three is a summary of the author's picks for the top 100 easiest succulents to grow. Each of her selections is accompanied by a photo (the book is packed with stunning color pictures), a physical description, and basic growing requirements. Novice gardeners and plant enthusiasts of all types will find it to be a straightforward and useful reference guide to selecting, cultivating, and designing with succulents. Landscaping with these plants is often associated with warmer, arid climates, yet Baldwin covers specimens that can withstand colder climates (and describes how to protect them from harsher outdoor conditions) as well as indoor growing techniques—a perfect way to appeal to a geographically broad audience. VERDICT This fresh and entertaining volume certainly deserves a green thumbs up.—Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604693935
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 87,341
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.69 (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 July 7, 2013

    one of her best!

    I have all of the succulent books by this author. They have useful information , excellent design ideas and fabulous photos . I definitely recommend all of them. So check out this author if you love succulents.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    I'm a big fan of succulents, and I mainly have succulents in my

    I'm a big fan of succulents, and I mainly have succulents in my home - the only non-succulent I own is a spider plant. I've been a fan of succulent since my first Christmas cactus when I got married for how easy they are to care for - and for how simply beautiful they are when they flower, and I've never looked back. I tend to pamper my plants for a while and then life gets busy & I neglect them for a while, and succulents do great with these conditions. Just give 'em water once in a while & lots of sun & they are happy.




    As with other books of this type, the book is dominated by the beautiful photography of the plants. The book talks about succulent care, but also what you can do with your plants - from edibles, to crafting, to flowering.




    Though the focus is on outdoor plants - something not realistic for most varieties here in MA - there's a lot of information for the indoor container gardener, too.




    I received a review copy for free from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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