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“I LOVE this gorgeous, inspiring, info-packed book for gardening in the Age of Climate Change and highly recommend it. “

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“[Kelaidis] writes an accessible descriptive primer with tips on selecting plants, pots and garden sites; and designing your container or in-ground succulent garden.”

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“Kelaidis…certainly knows her stuff and brings a fine introduction to these diverse plants to print.”

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580177009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 26, 2011
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I like plants. I recently took sort of an inventory of the plants we have in our home, planted in our yard (and our yard includes deep woods), and even a somewhat hurried inventory of the plant books I have on my bookshelves. To my surprise I found that a great many of the plants I attend, cultivate and enjoy fall into the category of succulents. I suppose there are reasons for this; two primary ones come to my mind almost instantly.

First, succulents are hard to kill. I am quite good at killing off plants. Succulents can take a tremendous about of neglect and abuse and still thrive, look good and reproduce.

Secondly, I simply like them. They are extremely pleasing to my eye, can be rather spectacular and for the most part easy to control.

The book being reviewed here, `Hardy Succulents' is a pure joy to read and is simply packed with good information. The photographs are top of the line. The text is easy to read, understandable and very well written. While it may be a bit lacking in minute detail as to some of the more technical aspects of growing these amazing plants, it is never-the-less quite adequate for the beginning, average and advanced gardener.

There are other books that go into much more details as to being species specific, but this work gives a very good overview of varieties and families that are available and most importantly, it gives good advice as to how to keep these plants alive and thriving with a minimum of hassle.

One of my hobbies is building miniature gardens, both outside and inside. I find this category of plant to be aesthetically perfect for my particular needs and perfect to work with in what I attempt to create.
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This book takes cacti and succulents away from the stigma of ugly pointy things you stick in the middle of too many rocks and expertly tells you how to work with them.The author does this in a straight-forward manner.After several years work transforming my bare yard with perennials that were not nearly as xeric as claimed I've become obsessed with the beauty of the blooms and low upkeep of cacti and succulents.The use of pots for the plants has given me many creative ideas with little effort.
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Cacti and other succulents plants once thought isolated to dessert conditions can now be found in every horticultural zone bringing a very special beauty and versatility to even the most novice of gardener's efforts. "Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants For Every Climate" by Gwenn Moore Kelaidis (one of the foremost experts on Rock gardening, co-owner of the mail-order nursery Rocky Mountain Rare Plants, and who also operates a Denver-based garden design and installation company) is a beautifully illustrated instructional guide that is replete with step-by-step growing instructions, practical care tips, creative ideas and resources for the inclusion of these easy-to-grow plants within the context of virtually any garden design be it urban, suburban, or rural. Whether as ground covers, container plants, embedded with perennials, or used in emulation of shrubs, "Hardy Succulents" covers all these areas, as well as providing practical information that includes Reference Maps; a Glossary, Resources, and an Index. "Hardy Succulents" is a thoroughly 'user friendly' and prized addition to any personal, professional, or community library Gardening & Horticultural reference collection.

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This book was not as informative about the care of succulents but lots of nice photos with names of plants.
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If you're in Zone 7 or colder & tired of the "same ol', same ol' and want to expand beyond petunias, marigolds, snapdragons, & begonia's (yes, I know, they are lovely), this is the book for you. I, personally, am much heavier into cacti, but this covers them all! And certainly help you if you want to "specialize" -- or not! There are a LOT of plants out there, you poor folks of the colder climes, that you can grow -- most without any fancy/special protectors. And it's nice to look @ SOMETHING during the Winter, especially if there's no snow covering that bare ground! This is the book -- written by a person of long experience with Cold, with great pictures from many of the Cold-Hardy growing community of the Colorado area!
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As a collector and grower of succulents for over 40 years, I highly recommend this as an addition to your library. Living in Mediterranean climate areas all my life, I have found it difficult to find resources for growing non-cactus succulents and this fills another niche.
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This is a waste of money. In order to get anything out of this book, it is necessary to see the photographs of the various succulents.

Gray on gray, doesn't do it.
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This book gave us some great landscaping ideas for planting wide areas of succulent plants. I did not realize that succulents (other than ice plants) could be used as ground cover, now I do. There were lots of pictures giving the pluses and minuses of what to plant where.

The pictures to the names of the actual plants were confusing to us, as each picture might show several different plants but only one or two names associated to the picture. We were not sure which plant in the picture went with each succulent name.

To get more specific details of names to plants, we ended up supplementing this book with another reference book, The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World: A Comprehensive Reference to More than 2000 Species. Highly recommend both books and talking with your local nursery, as each sort of fills in where the other left off.
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