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Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plantsby Debra Lee Baldwin
Striking geometric beauty and a forgiving nature make succulents the perfect addition to any garden. In Succulent Container Gardens, award-winning writer Debra Lee Baldwin offers hundreds of suggestions for stunning potted arrangements featuring these otherworldly plants. I dare you to make it to the end of this book without gasping at least once.
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Terrariums are a vibrant, unique way to inject a little greenery into any home. In Tiny World Terrariums, authors Katy and Michelle of Brooklynand#8217;s celebrated Twig Terrariums offer step-by-step instructions for building your own, from selecting glass containers to layering soil and filtration to adding moss, succulents, and other plants. To give each terrarium a whimsical, personal touch, Katy and Michelle demonstrate how to use tiny figurines and toys to create to-scale scenes, such as a couple at their wedding, a CSI crime scene, and Central Park in springtime. Photos of gorgeous finished terrariums and detailed instructions will empower anyoneand#151;whether green-thumbed or notand#151;to create their own Lilliputian worlds.
Praise for Tiny World Terrariums:
"Terrariums have been popular with adults since Victorian times. But Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano, authors of Tiny World Terrariums, make a case for younger enthusiasts too . . . Their enclosed gardens range from sophisticated to silly, with dinosaurs, unicorns and an array of other figurines telling enchanting stories in mossy tableaux. Their wonderful book provides detailed instructions to guide you through the process." and#151;Chicago Tribune
and#147;[The authors] provide all the information needed to create the five layers of a
terrarium . . . inspiration for readers who want to make their own mini world.and#8221; and#151;Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens (Spring 2013 issue)
"I've been reading my fair share of how-to books on [terrariums] but I have a brand new favorite. Hands down . . . The tips on plant selection, preparation, and planting are the best Iand#8217;ve seen (I learned a lot!)." and#151;Babble.com
"The book provides all the necessary instructions to create successfully healthy terrariums . . . But illustrations are the real delight. They show all sorts of tiny world photos labeled with container types, plant names, and more so you can more easily create contained life exactly as you envision it.and#8221; and#151;Wired.com
"If you love terrariums as much as we do, this is going to rock your world: Brooklyn-based Twig Terrariums will be selling a photographic collection of their finest miniature green gardens . . . with a step-by-step guide to creating tiny themed worlds that even the least green-thumbed person will be able to make and maintain.and#8221; and#151;Inhabitat.com
Book News Annotation:
A pleasure for the eye and filled with ideas and useful information about individual succulent varieties and companion plants, this beautifully illustrated volume describes and demonstrates winning combinations of plant and container. Designs are grouped according to use, location, and motif. Plant types are described in alphabetical order, with many color photos. A lengthy concluding section describes all aspects of plant care and propagation. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
Succulents are forgiving plants that require
minimal water and very little care. They are
the perfect plant for a modern, busy gardener
who wants to consume fewer resources and
spend less time toiling in the garden.
In this inspiring and practical guide, Debra
Lee Baldwin-the award-winning author of Designing with Succulents-provides everything you need to
know to design, plant, and nurture succulents in pots of any size. Succulent Container Gardens makes
container planting easy. In addition to tips on selecting, designing, and planting, Baldwin also includes
lessons on how to pot and care for succulents outdoors and how to overwinter them indoors. When
taken indoors in the winter, succulent container gardens can thrive in any climate anywhere in the
world. She also shares her design basics and tips on using pattern, color, and form to pair plants and
pots. Vivid photography showcases the imaginative work of garden designers and creative gardeners
who interpret the shapes, colors, and textures of succulents, often in surprising ways.
Detailed descriptions of compatible companion plants are also included, and easy-to-use lists of
plants by key design criteria provide an inspired and reliable guide to exquisite, no-fail arrangements.
About the Author
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin wrote Designing with Succulents (2007) and Succulent Container Gardens (2010), both bestsellers. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and major gardening magazines. Debra's specialty is showing how top designers use these architectural, waterwise, low-maintenance plants in a wide variety of creative, eye-catching applications.
Debra has presented at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, the Denver Botanic Garden, and major flower shows in Philadelphia, Seattle, and San Francisco, to name a few of many prestigious venues. Her own garden near San Diego has been featured in Sunset, Better Homes & Gardens, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and other publications.
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