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The Gardener's Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes


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At last: a book that shows readers just how easy, hardy, and rewarding cactus can be for everyone — not just specialists. Succulent plant expert Scott Calhoun picks 100 of the best cactus available and shows how they can make striking additions to your garden or serve as dazzling container specimens.

Whether you want striking form, gorgeous flowers, or a low-maintenance plant for a spot that needs little or no supplementary water, you'll find it in this friendly, informative, eye-catching guide.

  • Detailed descriptions of the 100 best cactus for gardens
  • Stunning photos
  • Expert advice on planting and care
  • How to show cactus
  • Tips for growing cactus in containers
  • Best tools and planting media
  • How to identify and avoid pests
  • Helpful lists of spineless, culinary, and scented cactus

Book News Annotation:

Seemingly one of the more intimidating plants to incorporate into a garden, this beautifully illustrated guide shows how cactus are in fact remarkably easy to grow and certain to provide excitement to the garden's design, whether in the ground or in containers. Calhoun, a garden designer based in Tucson, Arizona, has selected 100 types of cactus, dividing them according to shape, and providing clear guidelines as to the hardiness, native habitat, mature size, flowering season, cultivation, and culinary value of each plant. He includes an initial description of each plant's history and design attributes, providing design suggestions, including frequent suggestions for companion plantings. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Scott Calhoun is an award-winning garden designer and the author of two previous books, Chasing Wildflowers and Yard Full of Sun, for which he won the American Horticultural Society's book award in 2006. Formerly the "Garden Expert" for Tucson's CBS affiliate, Calhoun now writes a weekly garden design column for The Arizona Daily Star and the Western states plant notes column for Country Gardens magazine. He's also a regular contributor to Sunset and Horticulture

Product Details

Calhoun, Scott
Timber Press (OR)
General Gardening
GARDENING / Climatic/Desert
Gardening : General
Gardening-Landscape and Design
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9 x 8 in

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