The Gardener's Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes

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Timber Press, 2012 - Gardening - 227 pages
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At last: a book that shows readers just how easy, hardy, and rewarding cactus can be for everyone not just specialists. Succulent plant expert Scott Calhoun picks 100 of the best cactus available and shows how they can make striking additions to your garden or serve as dazzling container specimens.

Whether you want striking form, gorgeous flowers, or a low-maintenance plant for a spot that needs little or no supplementary water, you'll find it in this friendly, informative, eye-catching guide.

  • Detailed descriptions of the 100 best cactus for gardens
  • Stunning photos
  • Expert advice on planting and care
  • How to show cactus
  • Tips for growing cactus in containers
  • Best tools and planting media
  • How to identify and avoid pests
  • Helpful lists of spineless, culinary, and scented cactus
 

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Contents

Preface
8
Acknowledgments
9
INTRODUCTION
10
LOW AND MOUNDING CACTUS
30
BARRELS AND GLOBES
106
PADDLES AND RODS
146
CONSPICUOUS COLUMNAR CACTUS
193
CACTUS PESTS
206
CACTUS FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
208
SELECT RETAIL CACTUS NURSERIES
210
PLANT HARDINESS ZONES
212
Bibliography
214
Index
216
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Scott Calhoun is an award-winning author and garden designer based in Tucson, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and daughter. In his design practice, he incorporates cactus into every residential space and sees them as the plant family of the future--especially in arid parts of the world. Calhoun is the author of six gardening books. His work has earned annbsp;American Horticultural Society Book Award and anbsp;Garden Writers Association Silver Book Award. He writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine and has written for most national gardening magazines.

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