The American Horticultural Society Book Award 2009
Synopses & Reviews
From agaves to ice plants, and from sedums to sempervivums, hardy succulent plants bring beauty, versatility, and intrigue to perennial gardens in every hardiness zone. No longer relegated to desert climates, succulents offer extraordinary color, texture, durability, and ease of care. It's no wonder succulents are some of the hottest plants to capture the attention of enthusiastic growers in all zones.
Hardy Succulentsgives gardeners everything they need to know to select, grow, and maintain these dazzling, low-fuss plants. With step-by-step growing instructions, practical care tips, creative ideas for use, and stunning photographs from acclaimed garden photographer Saxon Holt, this book is as beautiful as it is practical and#8212; one that will appeal to novices and experienced gardeners alike.
Gwen Kelaidis, an avid horticulturist and garden designer, provides a comprehensive overview of these unusual beauties, including tips for purchasing, planting, weeding, and dividing. She encourages gardeners to consider the plants when searching for autumn color and explains how succulents can solve common, and confounding, garden problems.
Presented alongside Holt's captivating, cover-to-cover images, her insights are sure to inspire growers of all levels and climates. Readers will delight in succulents' unexpected colors and#8212; bronzes, grays, greens, and blues and#8212; as well as their distinct shapes.
The first book dedicated to bringing succulents to every North American hardiness zone, Hardy Succulentsholds intriguing possibilities for gardeners looking for dramatic ways to make bold statements.
"I LOVE this gorgeous, inspiring, info-packed book for gardening in the Age of Climate Change and highly recommend it. "
"[Kelaidis] writes an accessible descriptive primer with tips on selecting plants, pots and garden sites; and designing your container or in-ground succulent garden."
The Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)
"Kelaidis...certainly knows her stuff and brings a fine introduction to these diverse plants to print." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Succulents are the drama queens of contemporary gardens. Their pointy tips, barbed spines, plump moisture-filled leaves, and unexpectedly vivid blooms are the perfect choice for gardeners seeking bold plant statements. Flashy, yes, but hardy succulents are also easy-going plants, able to thrive in every region, and add their good looks to any garden design. Count on them for the spark your garden needs.
From agaves to ice plants, sedums to sempervivums, hardy succulents bring beauty, versatility, and intrigue to gardens in every hardiness zone. They are also hardworking, tenacious, and forgiving of the forgetful gardener. Discover the pleasures of succulent gardening with the thoughtful selection advice, step-by-step growing instructions, practical care tips, and useful design ideas collected in Hardy Succulents, the only book dedicated to establishing the low-fuss succulent far beyond its traditional desert setting.
From agaves to ice plants, from sedums to sempervivums, hardy succulent plants bring beauty, versatility, and intrigue to perennial gardens in every hardiness zone. No longer reserved for desert climates, succulents can offer extraordinary color, texture, durability, and ease of care to gardens everywhere. Hardy Succulents gives gardeners everything they need to know to select, grow, and maintain these dazzling, low-fuss plants. With step-by-step growing instructions, practical care tips, creative ideas for use, and stunning photographs from acclaimed garden photographer Saxon Holt, this book is both beautiful and practical — one that will appeal to novices and experienced gardeners alike.
About the Author
Gwen Moore Kelaidis is one of the foremost experts on rock gardening in the United States. She is the former co-owner of Rocky Mountain Rare Plants, a mail-order nursery, and for 11 years was the editor of the Bulletin of the American Rock Garden Society.
Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Glories of Succulence
1. Companions and Stars
2. Tiny Gems
4. Succulent Ground Covers
5. Perennial Companions
6. Shrublike Selections
7. Planting, Propagation, and Care