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Designing with Succulents (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Mai 2007

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Many people know about succulents, but using them in the landscape is another matter. Designing with Succulents shows us how; it's inspiring, practical, and complete - a treasure for any gardener who loves these otherworldly beauties. -- Kathleen N. Brenzel Sunset 20070201 Baldwin's alluring and stimulating guide offers a wealth of design ideas melded with informative cultural advice and opens gardeners' eyes to a breathtaking variety of succulents for any situation. ... Towering to tiny, the array of succulents presented is exciting and compelling. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20070415 One of the charms of her book is that it is so readable, while being a practical encyclopedia of all things succulent. -- Mary Curran Downey San Diego Union-Tribune 20070422 Baldwin hit the mark with her detailed work. ... Her easy to understand writing style is user friendly to the backyard gardener, yet the breadth of information is just as appealing to the expert. She manages to assemble a stellar set of photographs to show succulents as they exist out in the open air. Detailed captions give plenty of information to connect readers with these plants that are little known and less often understood. ... Baldwin should be commended for what might be the best succulent landscaping book written to date. -- Maureen Gilmer Scripps Howard News Service 20070429 Photos show landscapes of succulents, small container gardens, and many designs in between. ... Offers hours of engaging perusal. Monterey County Herald 20070505 Baldwin's book takes readers on a delightful walk through a wonderful land of colorful, elegant, and drought-resistant plants that few of us can identify by name. -- Jackie Houchin Valley News 20070505 Packed with tips and loaded with photos that will inspire you to add succulents to your garden, whether it's one container or an entire front yard. -- Holly Hayes San Jose Mercury News 20070609 [With] 255 pages filled with over 300 high quality photographs of exquisite plants and exemplary gardens, Designing with Succulents should be a necessary purchase for any gardener. -- Michael Buckner Let's Talk Plants 20070601 With useful resources, such as the 'plant palette' and a chapter on companion plants, this book helps the succulent gardener create a work of art. -- Jennifer Chance Colorado Homes & Lifestyles 20070601 Offers a plethora of possibilities for lending more visual appeal to the landscape. -- Micki Brown Victorville Daily Press 20070608 [A] lusciously photographed volume. -- Sarah E. Smith Oregonian 20070614 I love [Designing with Succulents] and you will too. It appeals to beginners, experienced designers, landscapers and collectors. A well-known garden writer and photographer, Debra spotlights versatile, fascinating succulents and cactus and their cultivation in various climates and soils. ... There are many luscious closeups of elegant, dramatic specimens and plant combinations. -- Jeanne Santangelo Novato Advance 20070620 We love Designing with Succulents ... as inspiring as it is practical, with color photos that show how to use these otherwordly beauties in borders, on slopes, between patio pavers, mixed with other perennials or grasses - even in undersea themed gardens. Sunset 20070701 Baldwin shares her expertise in a way that is immediately reader-friendly and writes about succulents ... in a clear, colorful manner. She's a skilled photographer whose photos ... add interest and excitement to this gardening tome. -- Peggi Ridgway Bloomin' News 20070701 If it were not for [this book] ... I might have given up succulents forever. But one can't help but be inspired by photographs that induce sighs and daydreams, and not a small amount of garden envy. -- Mariana Greene Dallas Morning News 20070713 Packed with practical advice on how to raise these fascinating plants. -- Holly Hayes San Jose Mercury News 20070708 [Baldwin] illustrates how novices and experts alike can create lush and vibrant gardens that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. -- Amanda Dameron Western Interiors & Design 20070701 A solid overview for landscape architects working with succulents. Landscape Architecture 20070901 [A] delightful and inspiring journey through the world of succulents, which are presented as viable options for private and public landscapes, particularly in regions where water is a serious concern. ... Throughout, the text is richly illustrated with photographs of succulents used effectively in gardens large and small, with or without other types of plants. This is an exciting new addition to anyone's library. Pacific Horticulture 20071101 Having recently finished reading Debra Lee Baldwin's book, Designing with Succulents, I am convinced that succulents are not only wonderful as showcase elements in ones and twos, but can serve as the backbone of your landscape design. -- Jennifer Jewell Colorado Homes & Lifestyles 20070901 The advice given is wise and borne of the author's firsthand experience, but is not too prescriptive and is full of great ideas with illustrations to match. -- Nigel Taylor Gardens Illustrated 20071001 Truly a guide to designing with succulents, not simply growing them. From planning a garden to coping with weather conditions, the prospective succulent gardener will find what they need on these pages. -- Rochelle Reed San Luis Obispo Tribune 20070921 New plantings as well as additions to existing gardens will benefit from Baldwin's presentation of color, texture, and shape in the form of drought-tolerant plant species. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20071101 If you have gardeners on your gift list who are living in warm climates, this gardening book is one they will treasure. And don't forget your indoor gardening pals. ... This book is the bible that tells how to grow [succulents] and then use them to create gorgeous landscapes and containers that become stunning works of art. -- Nancy Szerlag Detroit News 20071208 An excellent introduction to these increasingly popular plants, and how to use them in the garden. -- Joan S. Bolton Santa Maria Times 20071205 Provides inspiration for creating color, texture, and interest - just the qualities every garden's artistic director seeks. Let Debra Lee Baldwin introduce you to the fun of designing with succulents. -- Sandra J. Sandefur Perennial Notes 20070701 Those designing a new landscape and those hoping to add these botanical treasures into an existing garden will find Baldwin's gorgeously illustrated, detail-rich guide a worthy purchase. Library Journal 20081201


Succulent plants offer dazzling possibilities for garden design and require only minimal maintenance to remain lush and alluring year round. Featuring the work of more than 50 professional garden designers and creative homeowners, this complete design compendium is as practical as it is inspirational. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs, it gives design and cultivation basics for paths, borders, slopes, and containers; hundreds of succulent plant recommendations; and descriptions of 90 easy-cares, drought-tolerant companion plants. Beginners and experienced designers, landscapers, and collectors alike will find what they need to visualize, create, and nurture the three-dimensional work of art that is the succulent garden.

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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Most of the existing books on landscaping can be put into one of the three categories:

a. Coffee table books with pretty photos.
b. Encyclopedia of plants.
c. Horticulture books.

Only a few of the books on landscaping actually discuss design.

"Designing with Succulents" is so unique that it fits in all three categories and it is also a well-written design book. It has striking color photos, useful horticulture information, and it is an encyclopedia for succulents.

This book also has detailed information on planning and design for gardens. Debra started with discussions on sun consideration, basic of garden design, front yard ideas, street side gardens, pathway plantings, slope and terraces and some useful and practical information on evaluating the soils, water and irrigation, and preparing and repairing.

If you mention succulents, most people will think of them as sculptural plants with green-tone or gray-tone colors. Debra provided some fresh ideas and introduced succulents with vivid, colorful leaves and brilliant flowers into garden design. She also explored the issues of landscaping and fire safety, the design of green roof gardens, rock and boulder gardens, desert and cactus gardens, beach gardens, sea-themed succulent gardens, geometric plantings, as well as tapestry and labyrinth gardens with the use of succulents.

"Designing with Succulents" has a special chapter on pots, wreath and container gardens, including style and sizes, design principles and creative ideas for pots, wreath or topiary, and soils, sun and fertilizers, and water and drainage. I found this information to be very useful, especially for gardens with tight spaces and for remodel projects where planting areas are limited.
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If you like the idea of growing succulents, but haven't a clue how to use them in combination with other plants in your garden, then this is the book for you. The beautiful photographs are rich with ideas and inspiration, and the indepth captions answer any question you might have about the plants in the pictures and even the location of the gardens. I was particularly drawn to the two top photos on page 234 and one of an Agave franzosinii taken at Mission San Juan Capistrano in California (page 150). Baldwin's writing style is delightful; easy to read, entertaining, and informative. Clearly she is writing from experience so you know what she says will be helpful and accurate. I highly recommend this book.
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HASH(0x9d9a8b1c) von 5 Sternen Love this book 23. Mai 2007
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This is a great book on succulents. Debra Lee Baldwin has tackled a large body of material. She has explained it all very well in an interesting way. Well organized,well illustrated ,with great photos (most of which were her own). She has put a lot of work into this. It must have taken years of research followed by years of writing to get this all put together. This not just an encyclopedia on succulents, but a very readable treatment of the whole subject of how to use them and work with them in your own garden. She tells you everything you would want to know from propgation to pests. I can't say enough good things about this book . A real gem.
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HASH(0x9d9a8f54) von 5 Sternen Exceptional work, brilliantly photographed. 9. April 2007
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As a Landscape Architect with almost 30 years of experience designing gardens in Southern California, I have been a longtime fan of the excellent works created by Debra Lee Baldwin. It is no small coincidence that "Designing With Succulents" is well written, concise and wonderfully illustrated with stunning photography. This is a book that everyone from professional designers to home gardeners will want to keep very close to their desks for reference.

Living in an environment with precious water resources and little natural rainfall it will become essential for all of us to take a more aggressive stance utilizing low-water plants in our design work. I congratulate Debra for giving us a design reference filled with great inspiration and helpful technical information.
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HASH(0x9d9ad33c) von 5 Sternen An extraordinary book 4. Mai 2007
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I've only recently gotten into succulents, which I find fascinating since they always look like they're from Mars. I can't imagine there is anywhere in the world a better book on succulents than Ms. Baldwin's. It's superb. It's comprehensive; it's detailed; it's perfectly structured, so that the sheer volume of information isn't in any way intimidating; and the artwork alone--the photographs--are worth twice what the book costs. It seems crazy to say, but I would recommend this book to anyone at all: gardener, computer geek, car salesman, anyone. If you've ever been awed by nature, this book will resonate with you. It's that good. And if you ARE a gardener--then holy cow, what are you waiting for?
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HASH(0x9d9ad420) von 5 Sternen Unique Garden Design Book for Succulents (including Cacti) 9. Juni 2007
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My library contains about a dozen books on Cacti and Succulents and about thirty books related to garden design and landscape architecture. However, "Designing With Succulents" by Debra Lee Baldwin combines both subjects; drought tolerant plant materials and how to effectively design using these very popular and easy to grow plants. If you're thinking about trying to cut down on your water usage in the garden, don't hesitate to order this book so that you'll know everything you need to create a unique garden with these stunning stars of the garden world. A must have for any garden lover !!!
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