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This is a great book. Debra Lee Baldwin does an amazing job demonstrating the endless possibilities of succulent gardening. Some of the things mentioned are container gardening, landscaping, designing topiary wreaths, and much more. She also gives adequate growing information and provides plenty of neat ideas that are sure to inspire you. The photography is excellent. The only downside is that I, like many people, live in an area where the winter temperatures are too harsh to grow most of these plants outdoors, and she doesn't give much information on growing succulents in cold climates. Overall, though, this book is well worth it.
I bought this book because it has a section on "Growing Succulents in Colder Climates". I was disappointed that it wasn't more helpful in that regard but as a whole I feel the book is excellent in giving me ideas of what I can do to display plants to really show them off. The author, Debra Lee Baldwin, does a great job of covering many different ways to create beautiful displays both large and small. I got lots of kewl ideas, although some of them are a bit time consuming and labor intensive. Couple of examples in that department is making wreaths and balls with succulents. She walks you thru the steps to do it along with suggestions for types of plants and how to care for them after the wreath or ball is finished.
Photos are GREAT. Will make you drool and I've already decided on some of them that I HAVE to have. One amazing pict that I'd like to duplicate is a dish type planter with echeverias and sempervivums. She uses blue and green glass beads as a topping...makes it look like water lilies in a pond. You can browse the book and I've tried going to the page with dish planting. Hope it works:
Ok...no matter what I do, the link goes to a page that gives you several choices. Just click on the first one..."on page 102". If it doesn't work just go to Amazon.com and search for the book title. Once you find the book info you will see to the left where you can click to bring up specific pages. This dish planting is on page 102.
The book is reasonably priced (just under $20 at Amazon.com).