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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017700X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580177009
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 1.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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""

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Gwen 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. Currently, she owns and operates a garden design and installation company based in Denver, Colorado.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Janet Martin on 30 Oct. 2013
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Very informative I'm new to Succulents and am growing them in pots outdoors. I found out the best Hardy ones - I didn't think they could be grown indoors!

I had always thought of cacti as spiked/dusty plants, that old ladies doted on! - but no so!

I have go about ten containers and all plants are flourishing,. The best part is you don't have to babysit with them - they look after themselves with all their babes!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SH_ VINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2010
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We're cactus mad so any book on the subject pleases us but we specially like those with well=ordered information and great photos, which this is. You need zillions of cactus books and this could be one of them.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Beauty without all the watering 26 Jan. 2009
By E. Thurston - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on
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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. They are a peaceful plant; one that you can take and avoid clutter is you so desire, yet at the same time put together a creation that is complex in nature and a simple wonder to the eye. Artistically I like them.

For me, if the book has a weak point, it would be in the area of propagation. That being said though, there are dozens upon dozens of other books out there that addresses this particular subject and it is a certain fact that not any one book can cover every aspect of the subject so I give it a pass on in this area.

While I was more interested in the smaller uses of these plants, the book did give some great tips and ideas as to uses in larger landscape projects which is great for those interested in such matters.

I do highly recommend this one.

Don Blankenship
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good photos of succulent plants 27 May 2009
By B. Woo - Published on
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This book was not as informative about the care of succulents but lots of nice photos with names of plants.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A very special beauty and versatility 9 May 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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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.

Diane C. Donovan
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate 22 Nov. 2008
By Karen S. Tsutsumida - Published on
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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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