Author(s): HEWITT Terry
Succulents evolved to counteract drought and water loss, and now furnish gardeners with an exciting, often bizarre array of forms with which to experiment. As a result, they have become a common sight in modern gardens. They make fascinating and exotic displays, and come in all sizes, shapes, colours and varieties, providing beautiful showpieces. This range, coupled with their ease of cultivation, makes garden succulents amongst the most popular and widely grown of plant groups, appealing to beginners and specialists alike. This concise and informative guide to growing succulents in the garden shows you how to choose the best variety for your soil and situation, and offers advice on care and cultivation, and planting and propogation. It also includes recommended varieties and cultivars for the best results. The "RHS Wisley handbooks" series is written by experts for the Royal Horticultural Society.
Specifically evolved to be drought-resistant, succulents are a lazy gardener's dream. Tolerant of long periods without water, they are more than happy to sit unattended in a sheltered spot during summer, many offering flowers in addition to attractive foliage. From spiny barrel cactus and statuesque cleistocactus to the spiky yuccas and agaves, downy kalanchoes and rough aloes, their form is wide and diverse. Whether planted in borders, sunk in pots or placed in an attractive trough on the patio, their uses in the garden are endless, requiring only a little care during the UK's cold and wet winter months to live for yet another season. And even if plants do succumb to our bad weather, they are one of the easiest groups of plants to propagate. Cactus expert and nursery owner Terry Hewitt offers a wonderful introduction to the uninitiated and an informative, knowledgeable read to those already hooked by this captivating bunch. Part of the RHS Wisley handbook series, this is a comprehensive and concise look at garden succulents, fully illustrated and clearly written. Aimed at both the amateur and professional grower, this is an invaluable addition to any serious horticulturalist's bookshelf. - Lucy Watson
Introduction; cultivation, pests and diseases; propagation; an A-Z of garden succulents.