Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants (Sunset)

Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants (Sunset)

by Robin Stockwell


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Inspiring, practical and richly photographed, this comprehensive guide offers creative ideas and DIY projects using beautiful low-maintenance, water-wise plants

Succulents are the ultimate easy-care plant: versatile, effortless to grow both indoors and outdoors, and drought tolerant. From Aloe and Agaves, to Senecio and Taciveria, this handbook by leading garden expert Robin Stockwell highlights 200 of the easiest, most useful, and gorgeous plants, and shares advice on care and cultivation. Readers will find inspiration for imaginative and exciting new ways to use succulents in striking garden designs, containers, vertical walls, and indoor arrangements, as well as step-by-step projects, such as living bouquets and terrarium ornaments.

This is the essential reference for landscapers, home gardeners, and anyone looking for a thorough introduction to the perfect plant for modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780848749477
Publisher: TI Inc. Books
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 65,404
Product dimensions: 8.19(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Robin Stockwell is the founder of Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA. He has been active in the nursery industry as a grower and retailer, and working with succulent plants since 1972. Robin has received numerous awards and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and television.

Table of Contents

Foreword Flora Grubb 6

The Surfer, and Succulents Kathleen N. Brenzel 8

Succulents: A Grower's Perspective 12

Inspirations 16

Find fabulous deign ideas to inspire your own succulent garden.

Small Spaces 18

Simple designs using succulents on rooftops, in side yards, and more.

Challenging Sites 28

Ideas for planting succulents on slopes, in rockeries, and in curb stups.

Living Art 62

Fresh ways to display succulents in living pictures-on walls and mixed in beds and borders.

Sense of Place 102

Secrets for using succulents to give your garden a planted-by-nature1 look whether in a Southwest desert or on a tropical island.

Easy Projects 126

Start small, especially it you have never grown succulents. Just follow these DIY recipes to create tabletop displays, bouquets, wreaths, and gifts.

Arrangements 128

Combining succulent cuttings in vases.

Wedding Arrangements 134

How to make bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, and more.

Table Dressings 140

Easy ways to use succulents in place settings, centerpieces, and tabletop displays.

Gifts and Gift Toppers 146

Decorating gifts with succulent "hews" aim giving succulents in tiny terrariums.

Found Objects 152

Displaying succulents in or on, recycled finds such as rusty plow disks and drittwood.

Garden Art 158

Using succulents to make an outdoor wall hanging, cover a birdhouse roof or fill a wooden tabletop trough.

Wreaths 164

Hew to finish twiggy or leafy wreaths with succulents.

Seasonal Decor 170

Showing off succulents in pumpkins, on holiday trees, and more.

Containers 176

Making pretty container plantings.

My Favorite Plants 182

Find the plants you like, and then make a list to take to your nursery!

Succulent Selection Guide 184

Plants are listed by landscape use, from groundcovers and hedges to container plantings.

Encyclopedia 186

The 203 succulents are listed alphabetically on the following pages, from aeonium to senccio.

Planting and Care 246

Now that you're ready to landscape with succulents, here's all you need to know to help them grow and thrive.

Getting Started 248

Choosing the right plants and the right spot for them in your garden.

Soil 252

Advice on amendments and mulches.

Planting 255

How to prep toe bed, play with your design, and then plant.

Watering 258

Timing and techniques for cool-and warm-season growers.

Feeding 261

Best ferlitizers, plus how and when to apply them.

Maintenance and Grooming 262

Practical ways to clean succulents and refresh planting beds.

Pruning 264

Simple techniques and the best tools for the job.

Dividing 266

Easy methods for growing your succulent collection, by dividing plants, rooting cuttings, and more.

Pests and Diseases 270

Prevention measures-and cures.

Weather Protection 272

Ways to protect succulents from frost, harsh sun, and more.

Dormant Season Care 274

How to care for succulents during their "down time," whether it's summer or winter.

Container Care 276

Guide to the best potting mixes, mulches, and container, plus tips on repotting

Acknowledgments 282

Index 285

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