Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
With many of the classic cacti and succulent books now outdated or out of print, cacti and succulent lovers will be delighted with this 2008 release from Storey Publishing. There’s nothing like it.
“Hardy Succulents-Tough Plants for Every Climate” is by Gwen Moore Kelaidis with lush color photos by Saxon Holt. It belongs in every cacti and succulent lover’s library. This enlightening, in-depth title provides advice and details every step of the way. Though you can’t tell from the title, this book features both cacti and succulents.
The author explains how to choose suitable plants for various situations and different areas of the landscape. There are chapters devoted to various cacti and succulents for ground covers, perennials, container plantings, and shrubby plants.
One chapter provides all the basics on growing cacti and succulents, and explains how to evaluate the soil and do the planting. There are also instructions on all phases of routine plant care. These include providing plant support, plant grooming, coping with weeds, diseases, and other plant problems.
One chapter focuses on the smallest plants of all, which the author calls tiny gems.
In the introduction the author discusses the issue of plant hardiness and also defines a succulent.
Throughout the book you’ll find all kinds of handy information on a wide range of subjects relating to cacti and succulents. For example, one page explains how to protect your succulents from the cold. Another shows how to avoid being hurt by cactus spines. Other topics explored in detail include green roofs using succulents, making hypertufa pots, plants that provide winter interest, and plants for shade. There is also information on a range of landscape topics, such as xeriscaping, using plants to create focal points, and landscape design tips.
Some of the featured plants include sedums of all sorts, yuccas and agaves, prickly pears, chollas, hen-and-chicks, ice plants, ball and barrel cactus. For each species, this has a complete profile with all details on how to grow it.
The appendix has a color hardiness zone map as well as one showing the average amount of sun for each area of the country.
A glossary explains the terms that are used with regard to succulents.
The appendix has a list of public gardens where you can see these plants. The list is organized by hardiness zone. There is also a list of nurseries specializing in cacti and succulents.
The exquisite photos depict close-ups of gorgeous cacti and succulents as well as gardens and landscape settings with the plants.